SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The man who spent weeks on the run after allegedly killing his fiancee will make his first court appearance on Tuesday.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department says it appears former Cal Fire chief Orville Fleming attempted suicide after the murder.
A much different picture of Fleming is emerging that is far from cold and calculating. Detectives confirm there are indications that Fleming tried committing suicide after allegedly murdering his fiancee, Sarah Douglas.
We’ve also learned that he hid out in bushes along railroad tracks near Elk Grove homes for 15 days. The former Cal Fire chief would venture out for food at night, well-hidden during the day in the dense vegetation within shouting distance of homes.
“”To know it was right here is scarier than I originally thought,” said neighbor Ariel Solano.
Many in the Elk Grove neighborhood wondered where the fugitive was, never knowing he was close enough that someone would have spotted him from their bedroom window.
But even if someone had seen him, Fleming may have blended in. He shaved his mustache, and neighbors say the homeless are known to camp out near the tracks.
Since there is so much garbage and debris in the area, it’s unclear where his exact spot was. Deputies had searched the area without finding Fleming.
The former Cal Fire chief was found on Friday when he was seen boarding a bus.
CBS13 obtained a three-page criminal complaint that doesn’t show much of anything that wasn’t already known. It just says that Fleming murdered Douglas, something detectives say he has already admitted to.
He’s due in court on Tuesday afternoon.