On February 20, 2019, at about 4:30 PM, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of an unresponsive female in a vehicle at a local church parking lot. Fire and medical personal responded and declared the female deceased upon their arrival. When EDSO Deputies arrived, they recognized the vehicle as belonging to missing person, Brooke Harris.
EDSO Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to conduct the death investigation. Brooke has been positively identified and next of kin notifications have been completed. Cause of death is under investigation and at this time there is no evidence of foul play.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have identified 26 year-old Tanner M. Seals as the suspect responsible for the murder of Helen McKinney. The investigation revealed that Tanner and McKinney had no previous relationship and did not know each other. It is also believed that Tanner was responsible for the theft of McKinney’s vehicle.
Tanner is currently in custody in the Adams County Jail in Washington State on outstanding warrants, on unrelated charges. Tanner was interviewed by EDSO Detectives and will be extradited to El Dorado County where he will be charged with murder.
In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation and provide a prosecutable case to the District Attorney’s Office, we will not be providing any further information on the investigation. McKinney’s family has also asked that their privacy be respected and do not with to provide any interviews at this time.
On January 15, 2019, Emergency personnel (EDSO Patrol, CHP, and various fire personnel) were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at a residence in the area of Meyers CA. Upon arrival emergency personnel found a substantial amount of the home engulfed in flames. While attempting to render the scene safe emergency personnel located what was recognized to be specialized equipment associated to making BHO (Butane Honey Oil)/concentrated cannabis.
One subject was contacted at the scene and witness statements described other individuals fleeing the rental property prior to law enforcement’s arrival. Evidence indicates this illegal drug lab was being operated by a group of individuals working together to produce BHO. The subject contacted on scene was identified as Benjamin Rahrle, age 25. He was booked into the El Dorado County Jail for manufacturing a controlled substance.
The rental home, which is located in a residential neighborhood, was heavily damaged. Based on the volatility of butane and the process of producing BHO, there is a substantial risk to public safety in regards to causing a fire and/or explosion as butane is a highly flammable substance when introduced to a flame or spark, even as minor as static electricity.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office focuses on keeping the county safe from individuals placing the public’s safety at risk and continues to request the community’s help in providing information anytime these activities are suspected.