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  • Diana Lambert / Sacramento Bee

    Sarah Douglas and Orville Fleming rented this single-story stucco house in a suburban south Sacramento County neighborhood. Douglas was found dead in the home Thursday morning.

  • Sarah Jane Douglas

Missing state battalion chief may have had help from escort site ties

Published: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014 - 11:54 am
Last Modified: Friday, May. 16, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Sacramento County Sheriff’s detectives are attempting to determine if state fire Battalion Chief Orville Fleming, suspected in a homicide, has disappeared with the help of an escort he met on a hook-up site.

Investigators have learned that Fleming, missing since last week when Sarah Jane Douglas was found stabbed in the home they shared in south Sacramento County, had contact with many escorts he met through the website MyRedbook.

Fleming, 55, is a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection battalion chief. His Cal Fire pickup truck was found Thursday night in Elk Grove. Douglas, 26, was believed to have been killed early Thursday morning.

Detectives are looking into whether someone Fleming knew, either through meeting women on MyRedbook or through his personal or professional life, picked him up from where his truck was dumped and then drove him away.

Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman said there are indications that Douglas had worked as an escort in the past and that is how she met Fleming two years ago.

When investigators entered the residence they smelled gas and found wrenches near the water heater, but Bowman said it is not known whether the intent was to cause a fire or whether the suspect was attempting to take his own life.

Investigators have learned that Fleming may have “reached out for assistance” after the killing. They would like to speak to anyone who may have had contact with Fleming the night of the homicide or in the days after.

Investigators say that conversations with tipsters may be confidential, but stress that anyone providing assistance to Fleming since the killing may “incur liability for their involvement,” according to police.

Due to media attention, the department has received tips about the missing Fleming from as far away as Oregon. However, the Sheriff’s Department has not revealed any information on whether he has been spotted since Douglas was stabbed to death Thursday in their home on Fox River Way near Calvine Road.


Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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