Former Cal Fire battalion chief, Orville Fleming, admitted to murdering his girlfriend. Escaping capture kept Fleming on the run two weeks until he was arrested Friday, News 10 reports.
Orville "Moe" Fleming confessed his actions to authorities, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said in a press conference. Jones said the former fire chief "admitted culpability in the stabbing of Ms. (Sarah June) Douglas on May 1st."
The killer was interviewed by homicide detectives wanting to know where he was hiding out. The truck was within a few miles from where he was arrested and taken into custody. Fleming lacked a good plan, so his intentions to remain hidden were short-term, Det. Brian Meux said. It was a "reactive" state of mind, it appeared.
When Orville Fleming was caught, he shaved off his mustache and had been living in heavy brush near a small canal in an Elk Grove neighborhood. He hadn't eaten for days and once attempted to buy some clothes.
"He did the fleeing equivalent of curling up in the fetal position and just hunkering down," Jones said.
Law enforcement have aggressively been looking for Fleming since Sarah June Douglas, 26, was found dead from stab wounds. She was also strangled. She moved in with Fleming, 55, after he met her as an escort online.
Detectives followed up on leads that were as far away as Oregon. A number of escorts, exes, and family members of Fleming's were questioned.
Douglas' aunt, Trina Werly, gave this statement after Fleming's arrest:
Sarah's family is relieved that Orville Fleming has been caught. We're grateful for the opportunity for the truth to come out so that our family can have closure and move on. Thank you."
Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant issued this statement about Fleming's arrest:
"We are pleased that this search is over and the Sheriff's Office has apprehended Mr. Fleming. We will continue to support the Sheriff and the District Attorney in any way we can as the judicial process continues."