FBI agents arrest a Stockton Kings player on suspicion of kidnapping and murder in the Nevada desert

Chance Comanche, right, is shown during a G League game at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, Calif., on March 4, 2018. FBI agents arrested Comanche on Friday in Sacramento as he awaits extradition to Nevada to face murder charges.

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FBI agents arrested a Stockton Kings player this week in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a woman whose remains were found in the Nevada desert, police announced Sunday.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that Chance Comanche, 27, was arrested on Friday in Sacramento and is awaiting extradition to Nevada to face murder charges in the disappearance of 23-year-old Marina Rodgers.

The Stockton Kings, the G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, Announce On Friday they released Comanche from his contract.

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Police said Rodgers was reported missing on December 7. During the investigation, detectives discovered that Rodgers had been out of the house two days earlier, on December 5, in Henderson, Nevada, with Comanche and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Sakari Harnden.

NBA records Displays The Comanche played a basketball game in Henderson on November 5.

“Early in the investigation, detectives suspected foul play and obtained evidence to arrest Harnden and her boyfriend, Comanche, for their roles in Rodgers’ kidnapping and disappearance,” police said.

Harnden was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on kidnapping and murder charges. She remained in custody on $500,000 bail Sunday, jail records show.

Based on information they gathered after Harnden and Comanche were arrested, investigators found human remains in a desert area surrounding Henderson, a city of 322,000 located 15 miles south of Las Vegas. Investigators later identified the remains as those of Rodgers, police said.

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Before joining the Stockton Kings, Comanche played college basketball for the University of Arizona. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School, according to his college resume.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3521 or 702-385-5555.

Contact Nora Mishanec: [email protected]

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