Former Fire Chief Accused Of Murder Was Hiding In Plain Sight, Arrested Without Incident

ELK GROVE (CBS13) — The manhunt for an former Cal Fire battalion chief accused of murdering his fiancee has ended with Orville Fleming being found hiding in plain sight.

Fleming was spotted not far from where he was last seen in Elk Grove 15 days ago.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies say the 55-year-old has admitted to killing his fiancee Sarah Douglas. He will face a judge on Tuesday.


The former battalion chief was taken into custody at a bus stop at Cosumnes River College after a deputy spotted him getting onto a Regional Transit bus.

Fleming, we’re told, didn’t make a scene, because he knew the jig was up.

His disappearance sparked a statewide search, but it turns out Fleming hadn’t gone far at all.

“It was clear when we met with him, that he’d been out in the elements for some time,” said Det. Brian Meux.

The fugitive was so close the entire time that Fleming told deputies he could actually hear helicopters searching for him.

“He did indicate he’d been basically living under a bush,” Meux said.

RAW VIDEO: Orville Fleming Arrest Press Conference

Fleming told detectives he hid in dense vegetation not far from the Elk Grove neighborhood where he abandoned his truck, and not far from the home where investigators say the 55-year-old murdered Douglas.

It’s an area that deputies searched many times over.

“It is a scenario where he was basically hidden in plain sight,” Meux said.


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