The desperate search for the former Major League Baseball pitcher, Charles Haeger, over the killing of his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend turned tragic after police found him dead from a self-inflicted injury Saturday evening.
The 37-year-old athlete’s lifeless body was discovered along the southern rim of the Grand Canyon.
Authorities were looking for him since Friday on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault in connection with the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend in her bedroom.
The victim was identified by her relatives as Danielle Long but several news outlets identified her as Danielle Breed. The Scottsdale woman was the Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill’s owner.
According to officials, Haeger’s empty car has been located near Flagstaff in Northern Arizona.
Danielle’s roommate saw Haeger leaving her bedroom, holding a firearm. He “then pointed the handgun at the roommate who managed to escape out of the residence, and he was able to get a neighbor to call 911,” Scottsdale police Sgt. Ben Hoster said in a statement.
“I want him to turn himself in. He broke a lot of people. He shattered a lot of people today and he knows that. He knows how close our family was. He used to come to the family gatherings and we’re talking about having 30 people 40 people every month,” Danielle’s grieving mom said following her death.