The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in the county have been responding to and investigating multiple bomb threats at businesses and government facilities. We also received information that law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento area are receiving similar calls for service.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in cooperation with CalOES Law Branch notified us that this is a nationwide email hoax. If you received one of these emails threatening an explosive device and requesting “bitcoin” payment, please report it to the Sheriff’s Office.
It has been determined these are a series of hoax emails nationwide.
On the evening of December 9, 2018, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called to a suspicious circumstance on Highway 50 near Echo Summit. A passerby found a bicycle and personal belongings alongside the road. Responding deputies found footprints in the snow leading from the bicycle toward the edge of the cliff. Fearing someone had fallen off the cliff, deputies conducted a search of the area. The search began at darkness in freezing temperatures. An El Dorado Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team used ropes to rappel down the cliff, but could not locate a victim. A search by air was also conducted by CalStar 6 out of South Lake Tahoe, but again no one was located. Due to conditions, the search was suspended at approximately 9:00 pm. At 6:00 am on December 10, 2018, the search resumed as a combined effort between El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Search and Rescue and California Highway Patrol’s helicopter crew (H20). Ultimately, the search team located a deceased male at the bottom of the cliff. The unidentified male had injuries that were consistent with a fall from the cliff. Search and Rescue teams with the assistance of a CHP helicopter H20 were able to hoist the victim out. The investigation is still in progress so no further details are available at this time.
On November 28, 2018, EDSO was called to Guiding Hands School on Windplay Drive in El Dorado Hills. A student at the school became violent and needed to be restrained by school staff, to prevent the injury of staff and students. While restraining the student, he became unresponsive. A teacher began CPR until medical aid arrived. The student was transported to Mercy Folsom in critical condition and later to UC Davis. On November 30, 2018, EDSO was informed that the student had passed away.
The 13 year old student was reported to EDSO as being 6 feet tall and 280 pounds, suffering from severe autism.
EDSO Deputies and Detectives interviewed the parties involved and are completing a full investigation. At this time, there appears to be no evidence of foul play or criminal intent.