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A former Major League Baseball player who was being sought out for the murder of his ex was found dead from apparent suicide shortly after.
Charles Haeger, 37, was found dead on a trail along the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona on Saturday, a Scottsdale Police Department press release obtained by Oxygen.com stated. He died from “an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound along the rim trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.”
At the time of his death, Haeger was being sought out for the murder of his former girlfriend Danielle Breed, 34, who was killed on Friday, according to police. She went by her maiden name Long, the Arizona Republic reports.
Long's roommate was entering the home he shared with Long on Friday afternoon “when he heard multiple gunshots coming from the female victim’s bedroom,” according to the press release.
“Moments later the victim’s ex-boyfriend, 37-year-old Charles Haeger, exited the victim’s bedroom with a handgun,” the press release stated. “Haeger then pointed the handgun at the roommate.”
That roommate escaped the home and went to a neighbor's house for help, where he called 911.
By Saturday, police announced that they wanted to speak to Haeger in regard to Long’s murder. They considered him "armed and dangerous" and asked for the public's assistance in the search. The search was halted by the discovery of Haeger’s body. His unoccupied vehicle had been found in Flagstaff a few hours before his body was found.
Long owned The Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill in Scottsdale, the Arizona Republic reports. She also did volunteer work with children in Africa, Fox 10 Phoenix reports. Her mother, Jane Long, told the outlet that her daughter wanted to get a restraining order against Haeger for cyberstalking.
"He was calling here and asking to, you know, get back together and she's like 'no, no, no, no, no, no,'" Jane Long said.
Haeger played for the Boston Red Sox, the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Seattle Mariners before his career ended in 2010.
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