CRESCENT CITY, Calif. - A Northern California sheriff’s deputy was found dead in her home and her boyfriend was later arrested in Oregon on suspicion of killing her, authorities said.
The body of Deputy Deanna Esmaeel was discovered Thursday at the residence in coastal Crescent City, California, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
An arrest warrant was issued for Daniel James Walter, who was last seen near Esmaeel’s house on the day of the killing. Authorities in Curry County, Oregon, found Walter’s black Mazda sedan on Friday and he was arrested a short time later, officials said.
Sheriff’s officials didn’t say if the 54-year-old suspect had an attorney and contact information for Walter could not be found on Sunday.
Esmaeel was the mother of actor Marty York, best known for a role in the 1993 movie "The Sandlot."
Esmaeel had worked as an animal trainer on film sets for decades before making the change to law enforcement in 2021, SF Gate reported Sunday.
York wrote on Instagram Friday that he had been informed of his mother’s death.
"The emotions I have are horrible right now between rage, vengeance, crying," York said.
Walter was charged in March with unauthorized entry into a dwelling, according to Del Norte County court records obtained by SF Gate. It’s not clear whose dwelling he is accused of unlawfully entering.
Del Norte County Sheriff Garrett Scott said his office was heartbroken by the loss of one of its deputies.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and co-workers," Scott said in a statement.