SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – A woman was found murdered inside her Sacramento County home and now detectives are looking for her fiancée, a local Cal Fire battalion chief.
Family members of Sarah Douglas say they made the gruesome discovery at 9 a.m. today at her home in the 9300 block of Fox River Way in Sacramento County.
“The sheets were off the bed and my niece was facedown on the floor and there was a big fight. There’s a lot of blood everywhere and it looks like there was a sheet wrapped around her neck,” said Trina Werly, Douglas’ aunt. “She died horrifically; she died violently, and she didn’t have that coming. Nobody has that coming.”
Werly is convinced this was no random killing.
“She was out with her sister and her mom, and according to her sister, he was waiting for her,” said Werly.
Douglas’ sister called her to make sure she had arrived home OK. And in a chilling revelation, she says she heard the beginning of the attack that ended Douglas’ life.
“Out of nowhere she says something to the effect of ‘oh you scared me’ and you could hear him on the phone and then she starts screaming and the phone went dead,” said Werly.
According to detectives, the “he” referred to by Werly is Douglas’ fiancée, 55-year-old Cal Fire Battalion Chief Orville “Moe” Fleming. He was recently assigned to the academy in Ione. He is a 24-year veteran of the agency.
Around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. Thursday detectives found the Cal Fire truck Fleming was believed to be driving abandoned on Apricot Woods Court in Elk Grove.
“These are people we look up to as heroes. So if it is true, it’s a sad and really terrible thing,” said neighbor Ronqui Allison.
Neighbors say they have talked to him many times and he was often in uniform.
“He was obsessed with her, and she was going to leave him,” said Werly.
Werly had this message for Fleming: “We know you loved Sarah, but we also know you took her life, so please turn yourself in.”
Anyone with information about Fleming’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115.