Threat towards local High School

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On November 15, 2017, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was notified of threats made by a student, threatening the safety of Oak Ridge High School. Upon receiving this information School Resource Officers worked in conjunction with Oak Ridge High School and detectives to ensure the safety of our schools and determine if the threat was credible.  The suspect was identified and interviewed. Several witnesses were also identified and interviewed.

The suspected student was arrested for Penal Code 422(a)- criminal threats and booked into El Dorado County Juvenile Hall. Due to the suspects age, his identification will not be provided.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office takes any threats towards our schools and community seriously. Currently, there are no other known or credible threats to Oak Ridge High School or any other schools. As this threat was reported after school hours, Oak Ridge High School was not placed in lock down and classes are regularly scheduled for November 16.


Recovery of bodies in Fallen Leaf Lake

For immediate release.

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Bruce’s Legacy, an underwater search and recovery team from Wisconsin, came to Fallen Leaf Lake to assist The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office with a deep water search for two missing people.

The first went missing in the summer of 1996.  A 21 year old male was reported to have drowned in Fallen Leaf Lake while boating, his body was never recovered.  The second went missing in 2001.  A female was reported to have drowned in the lake and her body was also never recovered.

On August 29, 2017, Bruce’s Legacy used a Side Scan Sonar to locate several potential sites where the drowning victims could be located.  They then used an underwater rover to visibly search each of those locations.   During the search, they located the body of an adult female that was similar to that of the missing female from 2001.  The body was recovered from the lake and sent to the Sacramento County Coroner for an Autopsy.  DNA samples were sent to The California Department of Justice Crime Lab for identification.  There was no indication of foul play. We have not received the results of the DNA testing.

On October 27, 2017, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detectives and Bruce’s Legacy returned to Fallen Leaf Lake to search for the male that went missing in 1996.  After several hours of searching, an adult male’s body was located.  The body had a rope tied around the lower portion of the legs.  A small anchor was tied to the end of the rope.

When the male body was taken from the lake, it was soon evident that it did not match the physical description of the male that went missing in 1996.  The body looked to have been in the lake for many years.  It was apparent that we had located a body that we had not known of, prior to his recovery.

The body was sent to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office for a Forensic Autopsy.  DNA samples were sent to The California Department of Justice Crime Lab for possible identification.  At this point, the cause and manner of death has not been determined.  This is an ongoing investigation and it is not known if this is a case of homicide or suicide.

Bruce’s Legacy has continued their search for the 1996 missing male and as of this date he has not been located.

These are ongoing investigations and it could take several months to determine the identities of the bodies that were recovered.

Threats to Local High School

Update – For immediate Release

Sgt. Moke Auwae

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person who sent the threatening Instagram post.  The individual is a resident of Texas and was contacted by local law enforcement in that state.  The individual, identified as nineteen year old Justin Boaz of Tyler, Texas, admitted to making the post because he was “bored”.  Based on this information, we believe there is no further danger regarding this threat.  No criminal charges will be filed in this case due to Justin’s location and the fact he lacked the present ability to follow through on his threats.


For Immediate Release

Sergeant Moke Auwae

Over the weekend, the Union Mine High School Yearbook Instagram page received a threatening post regarding the safety of the campus.  El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has been working in conjunction with the El Dorado Union High School District to determine if the threat is viable.  At this time, there is an ongoing investigation.  There is no indication that the threat is viable, but until completion of the investigation the threat will be taken seriously.  The safety of the campus and community is of the utmost importance.  In order to ensure the ongoing safety of students and staff, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will have Deputies at the campus Monday to follow up with the district and school administration.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school at (530) 621-4003.

If you have information regarding the investigation, please call the Sheriff’s Office (530) 621-6600