Authorities announced on Sunday that Chance Comanche, who was a player for the Stockton Kings in the NBA’s G League until recently, was detained together with his girlfriend in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a young woman in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said that on December 7 at approximately 3:30 p.m., two individuals went to a police substation to report that Marayna Rodgers was missing. On the 5th of December, Rodgers, who is 23 years old, was out with her pals and had intended to meet with her friend Sakari Harnden, who is 19 years old, as well as Harden’s boyfriend, Comanche.
It was reported to the police that she had not been seen or heard from since that time. The authorities had a suspicion of criminal activity.
Some time later, the remains of Rodgers were found by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in the desert near Henderson, Nevada.
According to a statement released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, “Detectives came to the conclusion that Harnden and Comanche were responsible for the murder of Rodgers.”
According to articles published in the local media, the medical assistant, who was 23 years old, had been traveling to Las Vegas with companions from the state of Washington.
NBA G League player Chance Comanche arrested in death of woman missing in Vegas https://t.co/BKvTCMu7SB
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 18, 2023
On the same day that Rodgers was last spotted, Comanche was a member of the Stockton Kings team that competed against the G-League Ignite in Henderson.
Comanche was taken into custody by the Criminal Apprehension Team of the California Federal Bureau of Investigation in Sacramento on Friday. He is currently awaiting extradition to Nevada on the suspicion that he kidnapped someone.
Two individuals have been arrested in connection with the disappearance and killing of a 23-year-old female after executing murder plan.
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— LVMPD (@LVMPD) December 17, 2023
According to the police, the charges would be “amended to open murder” in conjunction with the office of the district attorney having jurisdiction over Clark County. Comanche is currently being held without the possibility of bail at the Sacramento County Jail.
On December 13th, Harnden was taken into custody in Las Vegas.
On October 2, Comanche signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA), however on October 12, they released him. His next team, the Stockton Kings, was their G League affiliate, and he played for them.
The center basketball player, who was 27 years old at the time of his arrest, was released from his position by the Stockton Kings on Friday.
Within the G League, which is the official minor league structure of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Stockton Kings are the Sacramento Kings’ affiliate team.
It was during his time at Beverly Hills High School that the 6-foot-11 Comanche made a name for himself as a center. He went on to play for the University of Arizona after graduating from high school.
The Los Angeles Times was the publication that first published this news.