Wahid Kashify, who fought with U.S. forces in Afghanistan, poses for a photo Friday
Wahid Kashify Wanted
UPDATE: Wahid Kashify Wanted for Murder 1st Degree Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detective Marc Melville has obtained a felony arrest warrant for Wahid Kashify, charging him with Murder 1st Degree. Through the investigation, Detectives developed probable cause for the warrant charging Wahid Kashify with the murder of his wife, 24-year-old Arezu Z. Kashify whose remains were discovered on June 4, 2019, and positively identified by the Spokane County Medical Examiner yesterday. ###
On the evening of May 30, 2019, a friend of Arezu Z. Kashify reported her as a missing person. She said Arezu had not been seen or heard from since approximately 1:00 a.m. on May 26, 2019.
Also on May 30, 2019, the occasional daycare provider/friend of Wahid Kashify contacted Child Protective Services and reported Wahid left the Kashify children with them just after midnight on May 26, 2019. Wahid had claimed Arezu packed her things on May 24th or 25th and left. Wahid said he needed to go to work and needed someone to watch the children. On May 27th, Wahid stopped in for two short visits and left some childcare items for the children. On May 28th, they contacted Wahid and explained they had children of their own and couldn’t care for Wahid’s as well. Wahid said he or Arezu would pick up the children soon, but neither showed up. Over the next two days, they attempted to contact Arezu and Wahid multiple times but were unsuccessful. They contacted Child Protective Services, who responded and are overseeing the care of the two children.
On May 31, 2019, Major Crimes Detectives with the assistance of Crime Analyst Mark Voigtlaender, learned Wahid boarded an airplane leaving the United States on May 28, 2019, at approximately 1:50 p.m. traveling to Dubai. As Detectives gained additional information, they responded to the Kashify’s apartment located at 33 E. Graves in North Spokane. They contacted the apartment manager and believing someone inside the apartment may be in immediate need of help, exigent entry into the apartment was made. A “sweep” or “walkthrough” of the apartment to look for a person who was hurt or in immediate need of care was conducted, not an actual search. A search of a person’s private residence can only be conducted with a search warrant supported by probable cause, which the Detectives did not have at this point in the investigation. Finding no one in obvious need of assistance, the residence was secured, and a Press Release asking for the public’s help was issued Friday evening.
On June 1, 2019, the Kashify’s 2014 Toyota Sienna was located and seized at the Spokane International Airport. A search warrant was later obtained for the vehicle which was processed for evidence.
On June 4, 2019, after developing probable cause, a search warrant was obtained for the Kashify’s apartment. During the execution of the search warrant, Detectives located the body of a deceased female, later identified by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office as Arezu Kashify, hidden beneath a false bottom of a chest freezer inside the apartment. Detectives and Spokane County Sheriff’s Forensic Unit Crime Scene Specialists processed the scene and recovered evidence.
With the additional evidence and information gained during the investigation, Detective Melville developed probable cause to charge Wahid Kashify with the crime of Murder 1st Degree in the death of his wife Arezu Kashify, and a warrant was issued. Major Crimes Detectives are working with our federal law enforcement partners in an attempt to locate Wahid Kashify. Once he is located, we will continue to work with our federal partners to extradite Wahid Kashify and bring him back to Spokane County for trial.
Tips and information regarding this investigation or information regarding Wahid’s whereabouts can be reported to Detective Marc Melville at 509-477-3325, reference 10072915.
Disturbing News about Arezu Kashify
Body found in apartment of missing woman Arezu Kashify
The Spokane Co. Sheriff's Office said they found the body of a dead female in Arezu Kashify's north Spokane apartment. Arezu went missing on May 25.
Picture of Arezu Kashify and her Child
Arezu Kashify carries her son through Manito Park during World Refugee Day in Spokane on Saturday, June 29, 2015. The Afghan refugee was reported missing on Saturday. On Tuesday, Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies found a deceased woman in her apartment under the false floor of a chest freezer. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Arezu Kashifiy Missing
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.
Her husband, identified by court records and 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. On Saturday she was officially reported missing by a friend who hadn’t heard from her for several days.
Another family friend was suddenly handed the couple’s two young children Sunday – a 5-year-old and 1-year-old – by a frantic Wahid Kashify, according to court records. On Thursday, the friend alerted Child Protective Services.
The case became a homicide investigation Tuesday when investigators found the body, wrote Detective Marc Melville in a search warrant filed Thursday in Spokane County Superior Court. Attached to the body was a red bra, surrounded by blood on the floor of the freezer.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to identify the dead woman.
The discovery was made during the second search of the unit at 33 E. Graves Road in north Spokane. Investigators last Thursday searched the apartment at the behest of a CPS worker, who called requesting a welfare check after a family friend looking after the children reportedly couldn’t get a hold of Wahid Kashify and the missing person’s report was filed by Arezu Kashify’s friend.
When detectives arrived, they “did not locate Arezu or find anything obviously out of the norm besides a pair of scissors on the floor in front of the refrigerator,” wrote Melville.
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 due to 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 writes 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 on Tuesday, detectives also searched a Toyota Sienna registered to Wahid Kashify that was found Saturday parked at the 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 shows.
“There is a video or two videos that you can watch and judge,” the note states. “Thanks.”
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A friend of Arezu Kashify, 24, reported her as a missing person on Thursday. That friend reported Kashify was possibly having marital difficulties