In a tragic turn of events, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office has reported the arrest of the suspect believed to be responsible for the murder of Deanna Esmaeel, the mother of actor Marty York known for his role as Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan in the ’90s film “The Sandlot.”
The suspect, identified as Daniel James Walter, was apprehended on Friday night in Curry County, Oregon. Walter, who had legally changed his name to Edward Patrick Davies, was the subject of a nationwide manhunt initiated by the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. The authorities had issued a public alert the day after Esmaeel’s tragic death, seeking information on the whereabouts of her boyfriend, Walter.
Esmaeel, a sheriff’s deputy, was found dead in her home in Crescent City, California. The circumstances surrounding her death prompted an outpouring of support for Marty York, who took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking news. In a poignant tribute post, York expressed the profound difficulty of writing about his mother’s murder and appealed to the public for assistance in locating the alleged perpetrator.
The actor’s post garnered an influx of supportive messages from fellow celebrities, including Danielle Fishel, Jacob Young, and Shawna Craig, all expressing their condolences and solidarity with York during this devastating time.
After Walter’s arrest, York expressed his gratitude on Instagram Stories, acknowledging the collective effort that led to the suspect’s capture. In a brief statement, he thanked friends, media outlets, and everyone involved, confirming that the “human piece of trash” had been apprehended late the previous night.
The community, both locally and within the entertainment industry, continues to rally around Marty York during this difficult period, offering condolences and support. As the legal process unfolds, the focus now shifts to justice for Deanna Esmaeel and her grieving family.
The arrest of Daniel James Walter brings a measure of closure to a harrowing ordeal, but the painful aftermath of the tragedy will undoubtedly persist for Marty York and his loved ones.