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Player in NBA G League, Girlfriend Arrested in Connection with Kidnapping and Murder of Missing Woman Found Dead in Nevada Desert: Cops

NBA G League Player and Girlfriend Accused of Murdering Missing Woman
Source: Stockton Kings; Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Chance Comanche (left) and Sakari Harnden (right) accused of kidnapping and murdering missing Washington woman.

Dec. 18 2023, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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A player in the NBA G League and his girlfriend have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a young woman who went missing earlier this month in Las Vegas, according to authorities.

On Dec. 7, two people in Las Vegas reported the victim, 23-year-old Marayna Rodgers, missing, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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Rodgers, a medical assistant from Washington, was in town visiting friends. On Dec. 6, she reportedly had a prearranged meeting with her friend, 19-year-old Sakari Harnden, and Harnden's boyfriend, 27-year-old Chance Comanche.

Rodgers had not been seen or heard from since the get-together, KLAS reported.

Detectives suspected foul play, and on Dec. 13, Harnden was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for kidnapping, officials said.

On Dec. 15, Comanche also was arrested by members of the California FBI Criminal Apprehension Team in Sacramento, California. He is expected to be extradited to Nevada for kidnapping, authorities said.

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After the couple’s arrest, detectives were able to obtain information in the case that led to the recovery of human remains, later identified as Rodgers, in a desert area in Henderson, Nevada, police said.

Officials determined Harnden and Comanche were allegedly responsible for Rodgers’ death and both will be charged with open murder, authorities said.

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According to a criminal complaint obtained by KLAS, Harnden is accused of “detaining Rodgers against her will and without her consent for the purpose of killing her and/or inflicting bodily harm.”

At the time of Rodgers' disappearance, Comanche was a member of the Stockton Kings, a developmental affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, the New York Post reported.

He was released shortly after his arrest.

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On Dec. 5, Comanche played a G-League game in Henderson, Nevada, which is the night before Rodgers was last seen and reported missing.

On Dec. 7, less than 24 hours after Rodgers vanished, Comanche played in Portland, Oregon for the Kings’ game against Rip City Remix,The Post reported.

It is not known how long Comanche was in Las Vegas.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the homicide section of the LVMPD at (702) 828-3521 or email homicide@lvmpd.com.

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