For Immediate Release
Sergeant Tasha Thompson
On July 28th, 2017, a report was taken for the annoying and molesting of a child under the age of 18. A search warrant was served and images of child pornography were located. On August 30th, 2017, 65 year old Robert Huckaby of South Lake Tahoe, was arrested by El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives. He was booked into the El Dorado County Jail for Possession of Child Pornography and Molesting or annoying a child under the age of 18.
Booking photo of Robert Huckaby
Lieutenant James Byers
August 27th, 2017, 9am
Missing Kayaker located in Lake Tahoe
On June 8, 2017, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office assisted California State Parks with a report of a missing kayaker. The kayaker, Dan Pham, left from Lester Beach on his way to boat camp in Emerald Bay. Pham never arrived.
An extensive search effort was conducted by El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR), El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Marine unit, California State Parks, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SAR, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Marine unit, United States Coast Guard, and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. During this search, SAR K9 teams located an area of interest off Rubicon Point, but Pham was not located.
On August 26, 2017, a non-profit group called Bruce’s Legacy (from Wisconsin) arrived to assist. Bruce’s Legacy has located 18 drowning victims in just four years by using state of the art side scan sonar, Tow Fish sonar, an underwater remote operating vehicle (ROV), and years of operating experience. Bruce’s Legacy assisted in another recovery in Lake Tahoe in July, and made a recovery at Stampede Reservoir a few days ago. Utilizing their side scan sonar, Bruce’s Legacy located Dan Pham in 245 feet of water off of Rubicon Point, in the area of K9 alerts. Pham’s body was recovered after being brought to the surface by the ROV operated by Bruce’s Legacy. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division and South Lake Tahoe Detectives are handling this investigation.
The Pham family was extremely grateful for the efforts made by everyone and thankful their loved one can be put to rest. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office extends our deepest condolences to the Pham Family.
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Press Release (UPDATED)
Lieutenant James Byers
08/25/17 at 3:30 PM
The California Highway Patrol has located the stolen Mikuni’s van used in these two crimes at a location off of Douglas Blvd just outside the City of Roseville. The van was unoccupied.
Commercial Burglary and Robbery tied to Stolen Van
During the early morning hours of August 25th, 2017, two unknown suspects broke into the Valero Gas Station on Pony Express Trail at Ridgeway Drive. The suspects stole numerous items and were seen driving a white commercial van with a distinctive Mikuni’s restaurant logo on the side.
About an hour later, the same suspects, driving the same vehicle broke into the El Dorado Saloon. During this burglary, an employee arrived at the business and interrupted the criminals. The criminals ordered the employee to the floor, finished stealing items, and fled, leaving the employee unharmed.
A check with the owner of the commercial van revealed it had been stolen during the night from their Roseville business. Roseville Police Department is handling the stolen vehicle portion of this incident, while the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the commercial burglary at the Valero Gas Station and the robbery at the El Dorado Saloon.
Anyone with any information regarding either of these crimes, please call (530)621-6600.