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NBA G-League player and girlfriend arrested in kidnapping, killing of woman

Chance Comanche was released from the Stockton Kings following the news
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Police announced on Dec. 17 that a former G-League player and his girlfriend were arrested and charged in connection with the kidnapping and death of a woman who went missing near Las Vegas.

Chance Comanche and Sakari Harnden were charged with kidnapping Comanche’s friend, Marayna Rodgers, but police added murder charges after her remains were found. Rodgers was reported missing on Dec. 7 — which was two days after she was seen meeting up with Comanche and Harnden.

“Early in the investigation, detectives suspected foul play and obtained evidence to arrest Harnden and her boyfriend Comanche for their role in the kidnapping and disappearance of Rodgers,” police said. Comanche was arrested on Dec. 15 by FBI personnel in Sacramento; Harnden was arrested on Dec. 13.

After the couple was arrested, information was obtained that led investigators to find Rodgers’ remains in a desert area of Henderson, Nevada. Detectives then determined that the couple was responsible for the murder of Rodgers.

Harnden has been charged with murder and theft, in addition to kidnapping, According to court records, no murder charges were initially filed against Comanche, but on Dec. 17 both suspects’ charges were amended to murder through coordination with the Clark County District Attorney’s office.

The Stockton Kings announced on Dec. 15 that Comanche has been released from the team.

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