The Scottsdale Police Department on Monday asked the public to help them figure out how Charles Haeger, a former professional baseball player suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend, got to Grand Canyon National Park, where he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday evening.
Police suspect Haeger on Friday night shot and killed 34-year-old Danielle Breed, who went by her maiden name of Long.
The 37-year-old then fled, eventually abandoning a silver 2020 Chrysler Voyager along Interstate 17 near the northern outskirts of Camp Verde before soliciting a ride to Grand Canyon South Rim sometime between 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, said department spokesperson Sgt. Brian Reynolds.
He made his last purchase at the El Tovar Hotel after 2 p.m. Saturday and, about two hours later, was found dead on a trail from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials.
Police were asking anyone with information about how Haeger got from I-17 to Grand Canyon to contact them. The department can be reached at 480-312-5000.
Haeger played for several teams during his career, including the Boston Red Sox, the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners. His major league baseball career ended in 2010.
Breed owned The Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale police on Friday responded at about 6:50 p.m. to a home near Hayden Road and McCormick Parkway after Breed’s roommate reported hearing gunshots from her room, officials said.
The roommate also told police Haeger left Breed’s room with a handgun and pointed it at them before they were able to get away, according to officials.
The Scottsdale Police SWAT team was on the scene, and barricades were used in an attempt to stop the suspect from fleeing, but Haeger managed to evade police.
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