Missing Person

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Tasha Thompson

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to search for leads regarding the mysterious disappearance of Charles Thompson. Charles has been missing since October 2, 2015.  Charles left his residence in Fairplay, Ca in the afternoon with an unidentified female.  Charles and the female had been tracked by detectives to Jackson, Ca and they were last seen on October 3, 2015.

Charles is described as a 53 year old WMA, 6’0”, 165 pounds with blond collar length hair and blue eyes. Charles was a long time county resident and is missed by his family and friends.

Anyone who knows Charles or had seen Charles around the time of his disappearance, or who may have any information regarding Charles or the female are encouraged to call El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detective Rich Horn at (530) 642-4729.

If you would like to make an anonymous tip regarding this subject and his whereabouts please call Crime Stoppers at 916 443-HELP or 1(800) AA-CRIME.

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For Immediate Release

Sergeant Tasha Thompson

On August 26th, 2016, Undersheriff Randy Peshon of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was re-appointed to the Judicial Council Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee by Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California and Chair of the Judicial Council.  Undersheriff Peshon was again nominated for this prestigious position by El Dorado County Superior Court Presiding Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury.

The Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee is a crucial committee among the ten committees serving the Administrative Office of the Courts.  One Law Enforcement representative appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court sits on this advisory committee.

Undersheriff Peshon has served in this capacity for the past three years.

According to the Judicial Council of California Website:

“The committee makes recommendations to the Judicial Council on criteria for identifying and evaluating collaborative justice courts and for improving the processing of cases in these courts, which include drug courts, domestic violence courts, youth courts, and other collaborative justice courts.”

The Administrative Office of the Courts is structured to provide recommendations for improving justice administration and it serves as the staff agency for the Judicial Council, which is the constitutional policymaking body of the California Courts. The agency is organized into nine divisions in San Francisco, two divisions in Sacramento, and three regional offices with a staff of more than 900 serving the courts.

Undersheriff Peshon’s law enforcement career has spanned over 38 years, between the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, the United States National Park Service, and the East Bay Regional Parks Police Department.  His assignments include patrol, custody, detectives, search and rescue, courts, and the dive team. Peshon has served as Undersheriff since January of 2015.

Peshon is a graduate of the University of California, Berkley.  His leadership training includes being student, facilitator, and auditor of the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, a graduate of the POST Command College, and the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Sheriff D’Agostini said “I am again extremely  proud of Undersheriff Randy Peshon’s reappointment to this very important committee, which has state-wide impacts. Randy is a recognized leader and expert in the court and corrections field”.

Undersheriff Peshon’s appointment becomes effective November 1, 2016 and ends on October 31, 2019.



For Immediate Release

Sergeant Tasha Thompson

On September 26, 2016, at approximately 5:15 PM, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 10500 block of Wentworth Springs Road in Stumpy Meadows for a report of an attempted homicide that just occurred.  Information was obtained from the caller (later identified as Lee Lao of Sacramento) that while squirrel hunting with his wife (Mee Vang) he accidentally shot her.  Lao requested medical assistance to respond for her assistance.  Lao led emergency personnel to Vang’s location where it was confirmed she had succumbed to her injuries.   Lao was detained and has been cooperating in the investigation.   Based upon information and evidence obtained so far, Lao was released without criminal charges at this time.  This investigation is ongoing.