HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Four autopsies were being conducted Wednesday as authorities continue to link two deadly California crime scenes hundreds of miles apart.
Authorities believe Abraham Felmley is responsible for a suspected arson and double homicide in Sacramento and a murder-suicide in Huntington Beach.
Officials theorize Felmley, 32, killed his grandfather and uncle and then set fire to their home in the 7300 block of French Road on Monday morning. The bodies of Chesley Felmley, 84, and Dennis Felmley, 62, were found in the burned-down home, Sacramento County sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Ramos said.
Family members said Abraham Felmley, who was found dead in Bartlett Park in Huntington Beach on Tuesday along with 49-year-old Robert Andres Duran, an apparent transient, had a “history of substance abuse.” They also said Felmley had “strained relationships” with his family, Ramos said.
A gun was missing from the home, and Felmley is also suspected of taking the family’s pickup truck, Ramos said.
A few hours after the bodies were found in Sacramento, Felmley is suspected of carjacking a motorist in Merced, Ramos said. The stolen 1992 Toyota Camry was found near the scene of the suspected murder-suicide in Bartlett Park, Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitch O’Brien said.
Sacramento County investigators suspect Felmley stole the Camry to throw authorities off his trail, Ramos said.
Huntington Beach investigators suspect Felmley ended up in Bartlett Park, where he shot and killed Duran, then turned the gun on himself, O’Brien said. Investigators recovered the gun, but have not determined if it was also used in the Sacramento murders, O’Brien said.
The bodies of Felmley and Duran were found about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday.