On May 9, 2019 a boater located a deceased person in Folsom Lake. The decedent was recovered and transported for a forensic autopsy. As a result, the decedent was positively identified as the jet skier who went missing on April 14, 2019 – 29 year old Alexander Ham. No foul play is suspected at this time. Alex’s family was notified and maintains their request for privacy and does not want contact from media outlets.
In April 2019, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into child abuse allegations regarding Patricia Taylor, age 63, of Placerville, CA. Taylor was an adoptive parent of four juvenile females who had lived in her residence from young ages and are now between the ages of 11-16. Taylor fostered and adopted several other children in the past who have since become adults and moved out of Taylor’s home.
In mid-April, a 14-year old adoptive daughter ran away from Taylor’s home to one of her older sister’s residences in fear of receiving punishment from Taylor. At this time she proceeded to disclose years of prior abuse. Law enforcement and El Dorado County Child Protective Services were contacted to begin an investigation on the case. Further interviews with Taylor’s adopted daughters revealed allegations of years of child abuse, torture, false imprisonment, as well as lewd and lascivious behavior at the hands of Taylor.
On May 10, 2019, after a continued investigation and evidence collection, child abuse detectives from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office arrested Taylor on charges of Torture; five counts of child abuse likely to cause seriously injury or death; three counts of false imprisonment; two counts of willful cruelty to a child; and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct of a child under the age of fourteen. She is being held at the El Dorado County Jail on $1,445,000 bail. The children in this case are all safe and are in protective custody.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services, Lake Valley Fire Protection District, CAL Fire, and the US Forest Service will be hosting a community evacuation drill for the Golden Bear Residential Tract on Saturday, May 18. The drill will take place from 8:00 am to about 12:00 pm.
On the day of the drill, residents of the Golden Bear Tract,
who have registered their landline and/or cell phones with our regional
notification systems (Code Red) will receive an emergency alert call informing
residents of the drill and at the same time, testing the system in that
The “Golden Bear Evacuation Drill” will affect all of the
Golden Bear Tract. Approximately 451 residents will be asked to voluntarily
evacuate to the “Snow Dump” parking lot located at Sierra Boulevard and Barbara
Avenue in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Traffic on Golden Bear Trail and Pioneer Trail may experience
slight delays due to this drill. A
traffic control point will be established at Golden Bear Trail and Pioneer
Trail to aid with traffic flow. Again,
this event may cause some traffic delays in the area. Visitors and residents of the area should
expect these delays and may see an increase in public safety responders and
This is a great opportunity for Public Safety agencies to collaborate and prepare for potential incidents. This drill will also exercise cooperative local agreements as well as an opportunity for residents to gain knowledge of how an evacuation is activated, operationalized, and communicated. We hope all of our residents in the Golden Bear Tract will participate in this voluntary evacuation.
If you have not yet signed up for Code Red, you can do it by visiting Ready.edso.org