TAMPA — The family of a Brandon woman slain in California is relieved that the suspect — her estranged husband — is in custody after seven weeks on the run, but expressed concern that a homicide suspect could escape capture for so long and make it across the country, ending up within a few miles of their home.
Edly Albert Atherley, 29, turned himself in Saturday at the Tampa FBI office, ending a nationwide manhunt. He was wanted on a federal arrest warrant charging him with the death of his wife, Ashley, 28, in San Bernardino, Calif., over the weekend after Thanksgiving.
“We were concerned to learn that Edly was in Tampa and within such close physical proximity to many family members while he was running from law enforcement and crossing the country,” said a statement released by Ashley Atherley’s family over the weekend.
“We are relieved to know that he is now in custody and that he cannot harm anyone else. Our prayer is that the judicial process will unfold in a timely and just manner so that Ashley’s death will be properly recorded as a domestic violence murder and our family can experience justice for the loss of Ashley’s beautiful and productive life.
“Our lives have been forever altered and for the sake of her children, we hope to one day regain a sense of balance and peace once this process is over,” the statement said.
The family declined further comment Monday morning.
FBI agents booked Atherley into the Orient Road Jail in Hillsborough County where he will await extradition proceedings.
Police said that the Friday after Thanksgiving, Ashley Atherley left her job for lunch and never returned. Her body was later found in her home, beaten and stabbed to death.
Ashley Atherley’s family said she moved to San Bernardino just before Christmas 2012 with her husband, but last year the two became estranged — largely, the family said, because of domestic abuse. The couple married in June 2008 and before the year was out, he was arrested on a domestic violence charge, records show. The charge was dropped after his wife refused to pursue charges.
Ashley Atherley, who grew up in Brandon and was a graduate of Bloomingdale High School, last year had left her husband and moved to Los Angeles. The couple have two daughters, 5 and 2.