(KTXL) — A captain with the California Highway Patrol’s Yuba-Sutter area Office was found dead while on leave in Tennessee, the California Highway Patrol said on Tuesday.
She was identified as Captain Julie Harding, 49. The Clay County Sheriff’s Department in Tennessee said she was found dead on Dec. 10 by deputies.
The deputies found her at a home on Lake View Drive in Celina, which is about two hours north-east of Nashville, the sheriff’s office said.
Two months before her death, the Murfreesboro Police Department in Tennessee took out an arrest warrant for Harding on suspicion of trespassing, records show.
Harding was reportedly going through a divorce with her husband, Mike Harding, with whom she had shared custody of a dog. The incident allegedly began when she went to pick up the dog from her husband’s girlfriend’s home.
A report with the Murfreesboro Police says a doorbell camera caught Julie Harding knocking at the home’s door on Oct. 10 and calling for the dog, which eventually walked over to the door.
She then allegedly opened the door and took the dog. She was later arrested.
Her husband’s girlfriend contacted police three days later to report she was being harassed by Julie Harding, Murfreesboro Police records show. She also told police she was scared of Julie Harding because Mike Harding died from a gunshot to the head and his death was being investigated.
Julie Harding’s cause of death has not been reported, but the sheriff’s office said foul play does not appear to be a factor. Her death is being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the sheriff’s office said.
According to the CHP, she joined the agency in 1999 and became commander of the Yuba-Sutter area office in 2018.