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Man sought in killing of Arizona math teacher may be in the Sacramento area

Caleb Bartels
Caleb Bartels Tempe Police Department

Sacramento police released information and a photos of a 27-year-old man wanted in connection with the killing of a high school math teacher in Tempe, Ariz., who may be in the Sacramento area.

Caleb Bartels is being sought in the death of Ryne Zahner in Tempe on Sunday, according to the Tempe Police Department. Police said they think Bartels might have traveled to Sacramento, Reno or Beaverton, Ore.

He may be armed and dangerous, police said.

Bartels is 5 feet 10 inches tall with brown hair and green eyes. He drives a 2007 silver Pontiac Grand Prix with Arizona license plate BSK8972.

Police told Arizona media outlets that Zahner and Bartels were friends. Zahner, 26, a teacher at Mesa High School, was found shot to death in his backyard Sunday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call call the Tempe Police Department, at 480-350-8311, or submit a tip online, at Sightings of Bartels also can be reported to local law enforcement agencies.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy