A former Battalion Chief at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Orville Fleming (55), is wanted for the brutal murder of Sarah June Douglas (26) on May 1st. Her body was discovered in a Sacramento County home the two were sharing, her face down on the floor, a white sheet tied around her neck with blood spatters on the bed and walls; she was discovered by her sister. She had been stabbed. According to local reports, Douglas was working as a high-end escort, and they met through a website. Neighbors and relatives report hearing arguments and some witnessed Fleming cleaning and packing his truck just before the homicide. He is on-the-run and the subject of a national manhunt. He still possesses keys to all the fire and trail gates and agency facilities throughout the state. He has frequented the Santa Cruz Mountains and Yosemite Valley; he is also known to carry .45 and .24 caliber pistols and is somewhat of a “Master of Disguise.” Fire officials are investigating the service Douglas worked at in response to comments that sexual acts had taken place between other prostitutes and agency personnel. Fleming was fired from his $130,000 a year job this week for missing work five days in a row. Fleming is presumed innocent of all charges.
UPDATE: “Sacramento Superior Court jurors in June found Fleming guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying. By state statute, those convicted of murder in the second-degree are committed to a term of 15 years to life in state prison. A year was added to the sentence because Fleming used a knife to kill Douglas.” Source: Sacramento Bee.