News Story


Arrest Made in 1991 Murder
9/2/2015 2:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Arrest Made in 1991 Murder

Report Number:

RB # 91-82664


3800 block of Sturgis Road, Oxnard Plains

Date & Time:

October 5, 1991 10:30 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes & Ventura County District Attorney Investigators


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(V) Angela Fisher

(S) Silverio Ambriz








On October 5, 1991, Sheriff's patrol deputies responded to a call of a dead body that was reported at 10:30 AM in the 3800 block of Sturgis Road in the unincorporated area between Oxnard and Camarillo.  Angela Fisher, 22 years, was found murdered lying next to her burned, smoldering car.  It was determined that Fisher had been sexually assaulted and beaten to death with a piece of concrete.  The Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau investigated the murder; and after an exhaustive investigation, the investigation eventually went cold. 


In 2002, DNA that was collected from the body of Fisher was submitted to the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  Silverio Ambriz was identified as the person associated with this DNA.  At that time, Ambriz was incarcerated in state prison, where he was serving a 47 year to life sentence for rape and sexual assaults that occurred in 1996 in the County of Ventura.


This information rekindled the murder investigation.  Sheriff's detectives interviewed witnesses and submitted pieces of evidence that were re-examined using newer technology.  District Attorney investigators joined in the investigation.  The investigation eventually developed evidence that showed Ambriz was responsible for the death of Angela Fisher.


Sheriff's detectives submitted evidence to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office for review.  On March 19, 2015, Ambriz was brought back to Ventura County and was arrested and charged with the murder of Angela Fisher.  Ambriz appeared in court and pled not guilty.  He is currently awaiting trial.


The Angela Fisher case is another excellent example of the collaboration between the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and the Ventura County District Attorney's Office. This investigative partnership continues to work together to bring closure to the families of homicide victims.



Prepared by:

Investigator Joe Evans


News Release Date:

September 1, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Cary Peterson

(805) 384-4744



Approved by:

Captain Melissa Smith












Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).