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Teen charged in disappearance, death faces judge

Updated December 18, 2023 - 8:01 pm

A 19-year-old Las Vegas woman faced a judge Monday on a murder charge in connection with the disappearance of a woman whose remains were found in Henderson.

Sakari Harnden, who was charged after authorities said Marayna Rodgers’ remains were found in a desert area, made her initial appearance in Justice Court. Attorneys did not address Harnden’s bail on Monday, but Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz said arguments about Harnden’s custody status could be made at a later hearing.

The judge ordered Harnden back in court on Wednesday.

Harnden’s 27-year-old boyfriend, Chance Comanche, a former professional basketball player, also was arrested in Rodgers’ death, police said.

Authorities believe that Harnden and Comanche are “responsible for the murder of Rodgers,” police said in a news release.

According to social media posts shared by what appeared to be Rodgers’ friends, Rodgers was 23.

Harnden was initially arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas on a kidnapping charge.

Comanche was arrested Friday in Sacramento, California, by the FBI’s Criminal Apprehension Team. His extradition to Nevada on a kidnapping charge is pending. A court hearing for Comanche had not been scheduled in Las Vegas Justice Court as of Monday morning.

Two people walked into a Metro substation on Dec. 7 just after 3:30 p.m. to report Rodgers missing, the release said. Police didn’t say who those people were.

Detectives learned that Rodgers had been out with friends on Dec. 5 and had a pre-arranged meeting with Harnden, who was bringing her boyfriend, Comanche.

“Since then, Rodgers had not been seen or heard from,” police said in the release.

Comanche played one game for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers in April 2023, according to Basketball Reference.

Both Harnden and Comanche face a murder charge, and Comanche also faces a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, court records show.

It was unclear when exactly Rodgers’ remains were found, but police said they were recovered because of information obtained after the arrests of Harnden and Comanche.

Where specifically the remains were found also wasn’t clear.

No further details about the allegations against Harnden and Rodgers were immediately provided by police.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240.

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