photo of "person of interest" Rafael Castillo
Police are searching for 56-year-old Rafael Castillo as a “person of interest” in an investigation of a suspicious death in Whittier on Tuesday. (Photo from Whittier Police Department)

Whittier police identified a man wanted as a person of interest in the “suspicious” death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday at an apartment complex.

Officers sent to the 11700 block of Floral Avenue about 7:30 a.m. on a report of a “man down” found the body of a woman, said Whittier police Officer John Scoggins.

“At this time, the Whittier Police Investigations Bureau is handling the case as a suspicious death,” Scoggins said.

The woman’s name was withheld pending notification of her family, and the cause of her death was not immediately revealed. She was reportedly in her 50s.

Police are seeking 56-year-old Rafael Castillo as a “person of interest” in the investigation, Scoggins said.

Castillo is Hispanic, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 220 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes. He is believed driving a 1998 Nissan Altima, license number 6XEW444.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Whittier police at (562) 567-9283, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

–City News Service

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