Connie Annadell Cajulis, 53
Connie Annadell Cajulis, a 53-year-old white woman, was fatally stabbed Tuesday, May 24, in the 7100 block of Shadow Ridge Court in West Hills, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Cajulis’ husband came home about 5 p.m. and found her stabbed to death, said LAPD Det. Rich Wheeler. The couple’s SUV was also missing.
About an hour earlier, authorities had responded to an accident with a vehicle that matched the description of Cajulis’ vehicle.
Police said a 16-year-old who was living with the family stole the vehicle then crashed it nearby. Steven Paul Main has been charged as an adult.
The 16-year-old had some difficulties, and Cajulis' family had allowed him to stay with them for a few months.
Main pleaded not guilty to a murder charge May 26 and is due back in court June 24, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Main is being held on $2-million bail.
Cajulis was active in her community and was a secretary at Calabasas High School and director of the snack bar for the Calabasas Coyote Football Booster Club, KABC-TV reported.
Cajulis is survived by two sons and her husband. One of her sons attended Calabasas High School.
School district officials offered counseling for students and staff. “We ask the school community to join us in keeping the Cajulis family in our thoughts as they face this incredibly difficult time,” the district said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD's Valley Homicide Bureau at (818) 374-9550. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
-- Times staff writer Nicole Santa Cruz contributed to this report