On September 26, 2018, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire on Sierra Vista Road in Rescue. Evacuations were conducted in the immediate area and EDSO was advised of an unaccounted for adult that was believed to be in the fully engulfed home.
EDSO detectives responded and a deceased person was later located within the home. Identification of this person has not been completed and next of kin will not be notified until identification is confirmed. The cause of the fire and cause of death of the victim found within the home are under investigation.
On Monday, September 24th, 2018, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office became aware of reports of threats made towards a 12th grade student, who attends Oak Ridge High School. These reported threats were made through social media (Snapchat) and screenshots of the threats were shared throughout the community, causing rumors and a possible safety concern to the school.
EDSO deputies and detectives conducted a thorough investigation into the alleged threats and interviewed the involved parties. We have determined that the crimes were unsubstantiated and there was no further reason for concern for the safety of the community, school, or students. No further information, including identification of those involved, will be released due to their ages and no arrest being made.
On September 17, 2018, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit recovered a body from a depth of 1,062 feet in Lake Tahoe. The recovery was made while searching for a missing person, who reportedly drowned the week prior. The decedent has been positively identified as 33 year old Chaitanya Datla of Cameron Park, Ca, the missing person from last week. Next of kin notifications have been made.
This search and recovery effort was unprecedented in Lake Tahoe due to the extreme depths and the technology needed to facilitate this type of recovery. The technology, an underwater remote operated vehicle, was recently donated to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office by a local resident and they graciously offered their assistance to El Dorado County. The Douglas County deputies recently completed ROV and SONAR training with Bruce’s Legacy, a non-profit search and recovery group out of Wisconsin that was instrumental in other recoveries around the region and nation.
South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine 17 responded to assist Douglas County Sheriff Marine 7 with recovery. The South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine Unit were also donated by the same local resident that donated the ROV.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is extremely thankful to our partners around Lake Tahoe. This search and recovery would not have been successful without the private donations from a local resident, training by Bruce’s Legacy, and the assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Marine Unit, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Marine Unit, El Dorado County SAR, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, and the United States Coast Guard.