Detectives found a body believed to be that of 24-year-old Arezu Kashify hidden beneath the false bottom of a chest freezer inside the apartment she shared with her husband. The incident is now considered to be a homicide.
Her husband, identified in court records and by friends as Wahid Kashify, left the country using a one-way airplane ticket on May 28 to an undisclosed location – three days after his wife was last seen by friends.
Last Thursday, she was officially reported missing by a friend who hadn’t heard from her for several days.
YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detectives executed a search warrant at the apartment of Arezu and Wahid Kashify in north Spokane and located the body of a deceased female hidden inside.
The search warrant was obtained June 4, 2019, through information gained during this ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Arezu Kashify, who was last seen on May 25, 2019.
Detectives remained at the apartment throughout the evening, and with the assistance of Spokane County Sheriff’s Forensic Unit personnel, they processed the scene and collected evidence. Investigators are now considering this a homicide investigation.
They continue to seek anyone who can provide information regarding Arezu Kashify, or her husband 34-year-old Wahid Kashify, who purchased a one-way airline ticket and left the United States on May 28, 2019. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the name of the decedent at a later date, including cause and manner of death, when appropriate.
Tips and information can be reported to Detective Marc Melville at 509-477-3325, reference 10072915.
The couple, according to a Spokesman-Review profile in 2015, came to America from Afghanistan on a Special Immigration Visa program, designed specifically for refugees who helped U.S. military or governmental personnel and now can’t live safely in their native countries.
In 2006, Wahid Kashify was part of an American convoy traveling from Ghazni province to Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital. Since 2003, he’d worked as a translator and interpreter for Mission Essential Personnel, a defense contracting firm.
Arezu Kashify, according to friends who spoke to detectives, had become frightened of her husband. One friend reported seeing bruises on Arezu Kashify’s leg, though she was unsure if it was because of domestic violence.
Another friend, a neighbor who lived directly above the couple, said Arezu Kashify would “complain about problems with Wahid, saying she wanted to dress differently, something Wahid would not allow,” Melville wrote.
Other friends reported Wahid Kashify would say he would “go back to Afghanistan and get a new wife” in response to marital troubles.
Melville also wrote that a nurse who spoke to Arezu Kashify in late March or early April was told Wahid Kashify “would kill her immediately” if she called law enforcement for help.
In addition to searching the couple’s apartment Tuesday, detectives also searched a Toyota Sienna registered to Wahid Kashify that was found Saturday parked at Spokane International Airport. They also found a pair of taxi cabs owned by Kashify parked at the apartment complex. Washington State Department of Revenue records show Kashify owned local cab company Cougar Taxi.
In the center console of the Sienna, written on a note, was a message. It gave the couple’s address and a code to open Wahid Kashify’s cellphone, which was possibly located on a dining room table or in a bedroom, the search warrant states.
“There is a video or two videos that you can watch and judge,” the note states. “Thanks.”
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