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Simi Valley stabbing murder victim likely targeted

Janice Somple, 65, is shown in this undated file photo. Somple, a retired teacher, was found stabbed to death in her Simi Valley home on Thursday, May 31, 2012.

June 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The stabbing murder of a retired teacher in Simi Valley may not have been a random killing, police say.

Janice Somple, 65, was found stabbed to death in her home on Thursday night. Her body was discovered by a friend, who reported the crime to police. Authorities interviewed that friend and determined he was not involved in the incident.

After finishing their on-scene investigation, detectives said they found evidence that indicates Somple was deliberately targeted, and that the investigation is taking them out of Simi Valley.

The killing has shaken up Simi Valley, considered one of the safest cities in the country.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Simi Valley Police Department at (805) 583-6969.