Authorities in Las Vegas on Sunday announced that ex-NBA G League player Chance Comanche has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and killing of a woman. Per the Los Angeles Times, authorities also arrested the 27-year-old’s girlfriend in the death of Marayna Rodgers.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said Rodgers, 23, was reported missing by two individuals on December 7. The victim went out on December 5 and was supposed to meet Comanche and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Sakari Harnden. Authorities said Rodgers and Harnden were friends.
Authorities believed foul play was involved in her disappearance before her body was found in the desert of Henderson, Nevada. “Detectives determined that Harnden and Comanche were responsible for the murder of Rodgers,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.
Local media reported that Rodgers and her friends traveled to Las Vegas from Washington on a visiting trip. Comanche featured for the Stockton Kings when they played against the G League Ignite in Henderson on the day Rodgers disappeared, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The California FBI Criminal Apprehension team arrested Comanche in Sacramento on Friday. His girlfriend was also arrested in Las Vegas. Authorities are arranging for Comanche’s extradition to Nevada on kidnapping charges, though police announced the charges will be “amended to open murder.”
Comanche, who is being held without bail, was released by the Stockton Kings on Friday. The NBA’s Sacramento Kings initially signed the 27-year-old suspect before he was waived. He also briefly played for the Portland Trail Blazers.