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Murder suspect may have used escort service to flee police

ELK GROVE, Calif. - A California fire department chief suspected of murder may have used an escort website to dodge authorities, reports CBS Sacramento.

Cal Fire Battalion Chief Orville Fleming, 55, has been on the run for six days after the body of his 26-year-old girlfriend Sarah Douglas was found Thursday in a south Sacramento County home that the couple shared, according to the station.

Now, new developments in the case suggest that Douglas was a high-priced escort who met her boyfriend Fleming - now her accused killer - online.

"We do know she had been advertising on [MyRedbook.com] as an escort in the past," said Sacramento County Sgt. Lisa Bowman. CBS Sacramento reports the site connects escorts with customers, and even offers patrons the opportunity to write reviews about the services.

Even more unusual, authorities believe that the suspect continued to use the site even after allegedly committing the crime. "We have information that [Fleming] has most likely reached out to someone in the community of [Redbook]," Bowman said.

According to the station, investigators think Fleming was likely picked up by someone he met on the site just moments after Douglas' fatal stabbing, when the suspect reportedly ditched his Cal Fire truck in Elk Grove.

"If he can commit such a heinous and violent murder in the way that he did, we're concerned for the public," said Bowman.

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