SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – In just a week, Orville “Moe” Fleming has gone from respected fire chief to a man of many faces.
After being stripped of his duties on Thursday, he has a new title: Fugitive.
Former FBI agent James Wedick, who has chased his share of fugitives, describes Fleming as dangerous and desperate.
The fire chief-turned-chief suspect in the murder of his live-in girlfriend Sarah Douglas is on the run, but where is he?
“His only chance is to find a big crowd to blend into and try not to stand out,” Wedick said.
He believes Fleming is likely in a large urban area, possibly Los Angeles, and he may slip into Mexico if given the chance.
“If he can get sufficient identification that he thinks can pass muster, I’m sure he’ll try that,” he said.
He will do more than try to change the way he locks, this former FBI agent says. After all, he is one of the most-wanted fugitives in the state.
“I don’t doubt that he hasn’t tried to color his hair, change his appearance,” he said.
There has been speculation that Fleming may be hiding out in the woods. He does have Cal Fire-issued keys to unlock gates in remote locations.
But Wedick doesn’t think that’s the case.
“There are still people living in those areas and they’ll immediately want to know who he is and they’ll connect the dots,” Wedick said.
If Fleming is connecting with old pals, Wedick says that will end as his run from justice drags on.
“He’ll be leery with who he makes contact with, because that’s how we catch fugitives,” Wedick said.
He believes somebody will eventually slip up and talk, because right now you can bet detectives are speaking with all of his known contacts looking for any sort of clue.