CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (TCD) — Officials arrested a man in Oregon last week who stands accused of killing his girlfriend, a California sheriff’s deputy.
According to a news release from the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, Oct. 12, Deputy Deanna Esmaeel was discovered deceased at her residence on North Bank Road. Investigators identified Daniel Walter, who formally changed his name to Edward Davies in July, as the primary suspect.
According to the statement, Walter was last seen leaving the vicinity near Esmaeel’s home on foot. On Friday, October 13, deputies issued a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) alert for Walter’s black Mazda sedan.
At approximately 7:19 p.m., authorities in Oregon located Walter, and he was booked into the Curry County Jail on suspicion of Esmaeel’s murder.
The victim was the mother of Marty York, known for his role as Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan in “The Sandlot.” In an Instagram post, the actor commemorated his late mother, stating, “The emotions I have are horrible right now, between rage, vengeance, crying.”
According to court records obtained by SF Gate, in March, Walter was previously charged with unauthorized entry into a dwelling. However, the specific home he is alleged to have unlawfully entered remains unclear.
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