December 9th, 2009
09:36 PM ET

Motivational speaker held in connection with murder


[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/09/michaellanepic.jpg caption="Detectives would like to talk to anyone who had any contact with Michael Lane while he was in Las Vegas."]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

A British motivational speaker is being held in connection with the murder of a woman in Las Vegas, authorities said.

Michael Lane, who also uses the name “Chae Saville,” was arrested without incident in California, according to a media release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. “He has waived extradition,” police spokesman Bill Cassell told CNN. “He is being brought back to Las Vegas.”

Lane has been named a suspect in the death of Ginger Candela. The 44-year-old resident of Las Vegas was reported missing on November 30. Officers who searched the home found her body in the garage. Her residence had been ransacked and items were taken, police said. But they believe it was the killer’s attempt to derail the investigation. “This is not a robbery,” said Cassell, who declined to disclose the cause of death.

Lane had recently met Candela, the police said in the media release. “It’s not a stretch to say he knew the victim,” Cassell told CNN.

Police described Lane as a person “heavily involved with the concept of spiritual healing and motivational speaking.”

In the release, they said Lane was raised in London and is known to have visited San Diego and Portland, Oregon.

According to investigators, Lane has immersed himself in the spiritual healing community where he “may have befriended numerous women, and possibly defrauded them without their knowledge.”

Authorities are also attempting to find the victim’s dog, named “Gi Gi” that Lane may have given to another woman in Las Vegas.

Anyone with information on the homicide, or who has had contact with Lane is being urged to call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 702-828-3521

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