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Grover Beach woman was stabbed to death, police say

Posted at 9:43 AM, Oct 31, 2018

A woman found dead in her Grover Beach home last week was stabbed to death, according to police, who are asking for the public’s help with the investigation.

Grover Beach police responded to the home on the 200 block of South 9th Street late in the morning Thursday, Oct. 25, and found Athena Ilona Valentiny dead from apparent stab wounds.

Police, who first described the death as suspicious, now say Valentiny was a victim of homicide.

Investigators would like to talk to anyone who may have known or worked with the 64-year-old or who saw anything unusual near her home last Wednesday or Thursday.

Police are also looking for the victim’s dog, believed to have left the home one of those days.

Homicide victim Athena Valentiny and her dog, who is now missing.
Homicide victim Athena Valentiny and her dog, which is now missing.


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office is assisting Grover Beach police with the investigation.

Anyone with information that may help authorities is asked to contact Sgt. Juan Leon at (805) 473-4511 or via e-mail at

Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-7867 or online here.

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