Published: Dec 09, 2013 10:50 AM EST
Updated: Dec 09, 2013 4:47 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- California Police are on the hunt for a man with ties to Port Charlotte. They say he cut his wife's throat and took off.

Ashley Atherley's body was found inside of her and her husband Edly Atherley's apartment one week ago in California.

Edly had a history of domestic violence, and had been arrested in Hillsborough County back in 2008.

Ashley's parents, overcome with grief, can only find one word to describe their daughter's alleged killer: animal.

If you have information about Edly Atherly's whereabouts, you are asked to call SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.