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Police: Man murders ex-girlfriend in Simi Valley, dies of heart attack while fleeing in his truck

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Police say Paul Porter, left, murdered Janice Somple in her Simi Valley home before dying of a heart attack on Thursday, May 31, 2012.

Police say a 66-year-old Arizona man murdered his long-ago girlfriend, a retired schoolteacher living in Simi Valley, then died of a heart attack while fleeing the scene of the crime.

The poetic justice occurred immediately following the May 31 killing of Janice Somple, a 65-year-old divorcee found beaten and stabbed to death in her home on the 1500 block of Carmen Drive in Simi Valley, NBC reports. Somple had apparently been murdered by Paul Porter -- a Scottsdale man she had dated 15 years previous -- who then got in his truck and drove a mile and a half before having a heart attack and crashing.

The Simi Valley Police Department announced the bizarre series of events during a news conference today. They said Porter’s crashed truck was found near Madera Road and Country Club Drive in the early afternoon last Thursday. Porter, a former Ventura County resident, died soon after in a nearby hospital.

Somple’s body was found later that evening by a friend, the L.A. Times reports.

Somple had taught English at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks and was well-liked by everyone, NBC reported. Her relationship with Porter ended “amicably” 15 years ago, police said.

“We know Paul killed Janice and how he did it,” police told reporters during the news conference. “We are still seeking an answer as to why he returned to Janice’s home after many years and murdered her.”

Police said they are still piecing together exactly what happened last week. Anyone with information on either Somple or Porter is asked to call Simi Valley police detectives at (805) 583-6969.

Simi Valley is about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles and was regarded as one of America’s safest cities over the past decade. Somples death was the second murder in the city of roughly 125,000 this year. There were none in 2011.

-- Associated Press contributed to this report.

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