Greenwood Homicide Investigation

On September 13, 2015 at approximately 1100 hours, Cal Fire requested El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office’s assistance after discovering the possible remains of two human bodies located in a burnt residence at 4646 Highway 193 in Greenwood.  Arson Investigators along with El Dorado County Sheriff Detectives responded and assisted in the investigation.

            A Search warrant was served at the burnt residence and ultimately the remains of three bodies were located.  The remains were removed and sent to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office for examination and identification and samples later sent to the California Department of Justice for DNA analysis.  The residence belonged to Adam Buchanan of 500 Cambridge Drive, Benicia, California.

The Department of Justice later confirmed the identities of the remains as Adam Buchanan (38 yrs. old), Molly McAfee (37 yrs. old) and their eight year old son.  Forensic evidence also confirmed the three victims suffered from gunshot wounds prior to the fire.

            Benicia Police Department contacted the 16 year old son of Adam Buchanan at the Cambridge Drive residence and notified him of the fire at the cabin located in Greenwood, Ca.  The son told officers that his father Adam Buchanan, his father’s fiancée Molly McAfee and his 8 year old half-brother had driven to the Greenwood cabin and that he stayed behind.

            A search warrant was served at the Cambridge Drive residence and the Buchanan Construction Company owned by Adam Buchanan located at 4868 E. 2nd Street in Benicia, Ca.  Recovered from the residence was a white Ford F150.  Inside the Ford F150 was evidence contrary to the 16 year olds earlier statement.

            On September 19th a purse containing identification of Molly McAfee and a wallet containing identification of Adam Buchanan was found along with a firearm and ammunition in a business park near the Buchanan Construction Company location.  The firearm and all property was collected and sent for processing at the Department of Justice Laboratory.

On October 1, 2015 the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 16 year old son Nolan Buchanan on charges of murder in connection with this investigation which is ongoing.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the Benicia Police Department, the Department of Justice and the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office for their assistance in this investigation.  We would also like to thank the citizens and business owners who have assisted us in this investigation.

Greenwood Homicide / Arson Investigation

Press Conference Announcement

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a press conference at the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services building.  There will be information provided regarding the fire in Greenwood, the remains that were located inside of the residence and the arrest of a suspect in the case.

The press conference will commence at 1600 hours, October 1, 2015.  The Office of Emergency Services is located to the rear of 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA and can be accessed via the stairwell between buildings A and B.  Parking is located in front of the government center or across the street at the Library.

Twin County Cultivation Bust

Approximately five months ago The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation concerning the Highlands Health and Wellness marijuana dispensary in Shingle Springs. The focus of the investigation centered on tax evasion, money laundering, conspiracy and the commercial distribution of marijuana for profit. The dispensary is believed to be a multi-million dollar criminal organization. On Wednesday morning the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit served search warrants for cultivation of marijuana and sales of marijuana at eight different locations in both El Dorado County and Sacramento County. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation and service of the warrants that included ten different agencies from throughout the area. Seventy plus officials assisted in the service of the warrants and the processing of the scenes. The family run criminal enterprise revealed at least eight people that may have been participating in the sale of marijuana for profit. After the warrants were served three suspects were taken into custody. Jeremy Mills, David Mills and Mark Mills were all arrested and booked into the County jail on suspicion of conspiracy, cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale charges. The service of the warrants produced over 900 marijuana plants, 3 firearms and several thousands of dollars in cash as well as over two million dollars “street value” in concentrated cannabis.  Several other people continue to be investigated by the Sheriff’s Office and are considered as being participants in this criminal organization.

Arrest Made in Pre-School Threats

Over the past several days the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a male subject calling pre-schools and daycares within El Dorado County, making threats to harm the staff and children at these locations.  Several local pre-schools temporarily closed as a result of the threats.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested 23-year-old Michael McDermot, an Orangevale resident in connection with these threats.  McDermot was booked into the El Dorado County Jail for charges related to the terroristic threats.  Sheriff D’Agostini appreciates the support of the community and the cooperative efforts of the Placerville Police Department and the Folsom Police Department.


Penal Code section 422(a) Criminal Threats
Penal Code section 653(b) Annoying Electronic Communication

Telephone Threats at Pre-Schools

Over the past several days, several pre-schools and other businesses in El Dorado County have received telephone messages from a male caller.  In the messages, the caller threatened staff and children.  This included a business that does have children on the premises.  Several pre-schools have temporarily closed as a result of the threats.  However, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has not instructed any schools to lockdown.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is not aware of a credible threat at this time.  Nevertheless, we are working diligently to identify the person or persons responsible for the messages.  Extra patrols are being conducted in the areas of the threats.  If anyone has any information related to the specific threats, please contact Detective Densmore at 642-4718Any new information will be announced when it becomes available.