Cal Fire battalion chief wanted in murder; victim's family speaks out

The family of a woman who was murdered is speaking out about her relationship with the suspect -- a Cal Fire battalion chief.
May 3, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
Authorities across the state are searching for 55-year-old Orville "Moe" Fleming. He's the only suspect in the stabbing death of 26-year-old Sarah Douglas. Her family is now sharing information about the pair's relationship and how they say the young woman was on the phone with her sister when she was murdered.

Orville "Moe" Fleming, a long-time veteran of Cal Fire, has not been seen since Sarah Douglas' sister found her body earlier this week. The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office suspects Fleming stabbed the 26-year-old woman before disappearing. The victim's aunt said her niece was on the phone with her sister right before she died. Trina Werley said, "She enters the house, she comes up from behind, and on the speaker phone you could hear her say 'Oh you scared the (expletive) out of me,' and then she screams, blood curdling screams and the phone went dead."

A small memorial is now set up outside the murder scene. Douglas' family says she was in a relationship with Fleming because she believed the battalion chief cared about her. But Fleming's family members who live in Clovis claim Douglas wrote on Facebook saying she was actually a prostitute who was owed money.

Now the victim's family is coming to her defense. "No, that's ridiculous that it had to do with money. He pursued her, and she really thought she cared about him. That's what's ironic," said Werley.

Search teams found Fleming's Cal Fire pickup truck abandoned south of Sacramento. Court records show Fleming was in the middle of a divorce and his estranged wife tried to get a temporary restraining order against Douglas but that petition was denied.

Detectives believe Fleming may be suicidal.


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