Transcript for Fire Battalion Chief Named Prime Suspect in Fiancée’s Murder
First in this half hour, we talk about the man who is saving lives, accused of taking one. He is the prime suspect in the murder of his young fiancee. Now, he's the subject of a major manhunt this morning, leaving a bloody crime scene behind in the couple's home. Reena ninan is here. Reporter: Such a bizarre case. The end, 26-year-old Sarah Douglas' life likely happened when she was on the phone with her sister. It was her mother's intuition that eerily predicted her daughter's final moments. And for anyone in the California area right now, you have reason to be concerned. This morning, an intense search for a California police chief, believed to be armed and dangerous. We are proficient at tracking fugitives. Reporter: The 55-year-old California fire battalion chief is suspected of murdering his fiancee, Sara Douglas, then going on the run. He's the chief. He is supposed to be the one that helps people. Reporter: Douglas' sister says the haunting phone call may have caught her final moments. She screams. Blood-curdling screams. And the phone was dead. Reporter: When the sister went to the home several hours later, she says she found Douglas facedown, blood everywhere. She phoned her mother with the news. Mom, she's dead. She's in there and cold. He's gone. And he killed her. Reporter: Perhaps one of the strongest clues so far, Fleming's car, a fire department vehicle, abandoned in a nearby area. It was reported that the neighbors saw him cleaning his truck and packing it before the homicide. Reporter: But there's disappointment, as the canine and aerial search detects no hint of this fire chief. He was a 24-year veteran of the force. Douglas' family says he always seemed too controlling. She was just looking for love. And obviously, it was in the wrong place. Reporter: Douglas has a child from a previous marriage who was with the father at the time. There was no sighting of Fleming. They believe he has ties to the Fresno area. Police warn he's trained in surviving and navigating rural, wooded areas, too. A lot of other news overnight. For a check of the morning
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