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“The Sandlot” star Marty York's mother killed, actor seeks help finding suspect

Marty York in 'The Sandlot' and in 2023
Marty York in 'The Sandlot' and in 2023

20th Century studios; getty Marty York in 'The Sandlot' and in 2023

Marty York, the actor known for playing Alan "Yeah-Yeah" McClennan in the coming-of-age comedy The Sandlot, posted troubling news on social media Friday: His mother has been killed, and authorities are searching for a suspect wanted for her homicide.

York's mother, Deanna Esmaeel, was a deputy in the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office in Northern California. "This is the hardest post I'll ever have to write but I found out from the sheriff department last night that my mother was murdered," York wrote on Instagram. "The emotions I have are horrible right now between rage, [vengeance], crying. There is a nationwide manhunt underway, please if you've seen this man contact the authorities immediately!"

The DNCSO issued an alert Friday on social media saying that a judge had signed a warrant for the arrest of suspect Daniel James Walter, who legally changed his name to Edward Patrick Davies in July. Authorities said that Walter was Esmaeel's boyfriend and is a murder suspect, and that he was last seen on N. Bank Road in Crescent City on Thursday at 7:43 a.m., traveling eastbound on foot toward highway 101.

The DNCSO also said that Walter has connections to Curry County in Oregon, and that his car — a black four-door 2010 Mazda sedan with California plates 6JYD676 — had been located, but he was still at large.

"We are all deeply heartbroken with the loss of Deputy Esmaeel," Sheriff Garrett Scott said in a statement. "Our hearts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and co-workers."

Representatives from the DNCSO and the Crescent City Police Department didn't immediately respond to EW's request for comment.

York, 43, made his big-screen debut in The Sandlot in 1993, and his subsequent credits include Boy Meets WorldHey Arnold, and SMILF.

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