Man wanted in connection with fire found dead in So. Cal.

kchirbas@sacbee.comJuly 23, 2013 

Abraham Felmley, the parolee named as a person of interest in the Florin-area house fire that claimed the lives of his grandfather and uncle, was one of two men found dead Tuesday afternoon in Huntington Beach, police said.

At about 12:51 p.m., a caller reported seeing what appeared to be two bodies in Huntington Beach's Barlett Park. Police soon arrived and discovered the bodies in the bushes.

Both men appeared to suffer from gun shot wounds, authorities said.

The identity of the second body and the cause of death for either victim has not yet been determined, the Huntington Beach Police Department reported Tuesday evening.

Felmley's death caps a statewide search for the 32-year-old man who was wanted for questioning about his connection to a house fire that occurred a day early.

Monday morning, authorities from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department found two deceased bodies in the wreckage of a burned French Road residence. The occupants of the house were Chelsey Felmley, 84, and his son, Dennis Porter Felmley, 64, according to two of Dennis Felmley's brothers, Darryl and Daniel Felmley.

The cause of these victims' deaths has yet to be determined, but Sgt. Jason Ramos of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department said investigators have determined that Monday's victims had sustained injuries that were caused by something other than the fire.

A man matching Abraham Felmley's description carjacked a 1992 green Toyota Camry Monday afternoon in Merced, authorities said. The suspect got out a white pick-up truck, approached a man fishing near Highway 152 and demanded the victim's phone and keys at gunpoint.

The Sacramento Sheriff's Department then identified the suspect's truck as the same vehicle missing from the French Road residence. Homicide detectives began searching for Abraham Felmley, 32, to question him about his possession of the vehicle reportedly taken at the scene of the fire.

Abraham Felmeley was a parolee-at-large, having failed to report to parole supervision as ordered, according to Luis Patino, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Since first being convicted on a charge of domestic abuse in 2007, Abraham has been sent back to prison as a result of parole violations five times.

He was also convicted in 1999 on a charge of illegal possession of explosives, and was sentenced to three years of parole.

Darryl Felmley said he expressed concerns about Abraham Felmley to the Sacramento Police Department three times within the last week. He said he was particularly troubled by his nephew's Facebook posts, which said he would commit patricide.

"Each day, he was putting more stuff on (his Facebook wall)," Darryl Felmley said.

He claimed that police dismissed his concerns and said they would not do anything until Abraham committed a crime.

Sacramento police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the department has been unable to find any record of Darryl Felmly contacting police. Ramos said the sheriff's department also had not received calls from Darryl Felmly.

Detectives at the Huntington Beach Police Department are currently conducting an an investigation of two bodies. A Sacramento Metro Fire arson investigator is also working on identifying the cause of Monday's fire, and anticipates a determination in three to four days.

Call The Bee's Kurt Chirbas, (916) 321-1030.

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