(ReliableNews.org) – On December 5, Marayna Rodgers went missing after she went to hang out with friends. The 23-year-old was later killed. Police have now arrested a former minor-league basketball player and his girlfriend for the murder.
On December 17, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced the arrests of former NBA G League player Chance Comanche, 27, and Sakari Harnden, 19. The department stated that two people reported Rodgers missing on December 7. Detectives began looking for her and found out she had a prearranged meeting with Harnden and Comanche the day she disappeared.
After authorities arrested the suspects, they obtained information that led them to a desert in Henderson, Nevada. They found human remains, and the Clark County Coroner was able to identify Rodgers as the deceased individual.
Law enforcement has not released a motive or a cause of death in the case. They said they have evidence that points to Harnden and Comanche as the murderers. According to the Sacramento Bee, Comanche allegedly told investigators that he conspired with his girlfriend to kill Rodgers. He reportedly said he met the victim on a dating app more than a year ago but remained in contact until they broke up. Harnden was allegedly angry with the victim and said she was going to “smoke her” if she didn’t give her a Rolex watch. The couple then devised a plan to murder her.
Comanche allegedly told police he strangled the victim with an HDMI cord while Harnden manually strangled her.
Comanche graduated from Beverly Hills High School in California. He played basketball for the school his senior year, then went on to attend the University of Arizona. He entered the G League and played with the Memphis Hustle before moving on to the Stockton Kings.
On the day Rodgers went missing, Comanche played a game with the Stockton Kings at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson. He played in the game for 22 minutes and scored 16 points. The Stockton Kings have now released him.
The LVMPD is going to amend the charges against Harnden and Comanche to “open murder through coordination.” The basketball player is currently in Sacramento County, California, but he is awaiting extradition back to Las Vegas.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the LVMPD Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or email them at [email protected]. They may also contact crime stoppers at 702-385-5555 if they wish to stay anonymous.
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