Firefighter sought in murder, stunning allegations from family

A dramatic twist in a murder investigation as the family of the prime suspect, a Cal Fire battalion chief, delivers strong accusations of prostitution and unpaid debts.
May 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A dramatic twist in a murder investigation as the family of the prime suspect, a Cal Fire battalion chief, delivers strong accusations of prostitution and unpaid debts.

A statewide manhunt for Orville "Moe" Fleming is still underway. The 55-year-old is the only suspect in the stabbing death of 26-year-old Sacramento woman, Sarah Douglas.

Local law enforcement also continues to be on the lookout for Chief Fleming. Action News obtained Facebook messages from a family member of Fleming. The unidentified family member tells us the victim, Douglas, admitted she was a prostitute. And she says Chief Fleming owed her $2,000 and threatened the family unless she got paid.

Douglas' family say she was engaged to the 55-year-old battalion chief. But Fleming's family member in Clovis tells Action News Douglas claimed in Facebook messages to be a prostitute. The messages also show Douglas claiming Fleming agreed to pay her $2,000 per month.

"She's been messaging me, saying all these weird things that I never even replied to," said the anonymous family member. "I don't know why she's messaging me over and over again."

Chief Fleming, a 24-year veteran of Cal Fire, has not been seen since Douglas was discovered Thursday morning in her Sacramento home, stabbed to death.

The family member said Douglas threatened to harm Fleming's family over a missed payment for her services through the escort website myredbook.com.

"She wants to send someone after my family," the family member said.

The scandalous series of Facebook messages from Douglas say Fleming had agreed to pay her for sex. In one message, Douglas complained "he bailed, leaving his clothes here with all my bills due and i didn't get paid. It is not fair to me because i worked for that money and because what i do for a living he thinks its okay to do that to me."

Neighbors, of course, are still stunned by the murder. "You don't really know the difficult battles that people are fighting, within themselves and within their families," Keri Harris said.

Also, a check on Fleming's background revealed no criminal record. He is in the middle of a divorce, though. Papers were filed last October in Fresno County. Fleming could owe nearly $1,600 a month in spousal support if the divorce is finalized.

Sacramento detectives say Fleming could be suicidal.


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