LAYTON – Police say a Layton mother was killed in her home late Sunday night, and that her estranged husband stabbed her to death.
According to Layton Police, 45-year-old Joseph Castillo was arrived at the home of his wife, 36-year-old Kay Lynn Spackman on 3200 W. 1025 North late Sunday. Layton Police Lt. Shawn Horton told the Clipper that Castillo and Spackman had recently separated, and that Castillo had been issued a restraining order.
The restraining order was a result of a domestic disturbance reported at the home in April, according to Layton Police Sgt. Jeff Roderick.
Police say during an argument, Spackman was stabbed, and Castillo left on foot presumably headed north toward Clearfield.
Spackman was transported to Davis Hospital, where she later died from her injuries, according to police.
Roderick said the call to 911 came in at 11:03 p.m.
Castillo is described as 5’2” tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds.
Police said Castillo might also have a cut on his forehead. He was last seen wearing a sleeveless green shirt and khaki shorts.
Roderick said investigators were working on several leads to locate Castillo.
According to a release from Layton PD, Castillo and Spackman were married for over 20 years.
Police say that the couple’s 17-year-old son was a witness to part of the altercation that led to the stabbing and that the couple’s 8 and 4 year-old daughters were also inside the home during the incident, but did not witness the stabbing.
Roderick said this kind of crime is not very common in the area.
“This is a quiet neighborhood,” said Roderick. “It’s sad for this family to lose their mother like this.”
The news of the incident hit hard for students and faculty at Sand Springs Elementary School, where Spackman’s 8-year-old daughter is in the 3rd grade.
An email was sent to the student’s parents, saying, “If your child wants to talk about this incident, or is worried, concerned, or anxious, please take the opportunity this evening to discuss grief and loss with your child.”
Anyone with information on Castillo’s whereabouts was asked to contact Layton investigators at 801-497-8300.