Recovery of bodies in Fallen Leaf Lake

For immediate release.

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Bruce’s Legacy, an underwater search and recovery team from Wisconsin, came to Fallen Leaf Lake to assist The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office with a deep water search for two missing people.

The first went missing in the summer of 1996.  A 21 year old male was reported to have drowned in Fallen Leaf Lake while boating, his body was never recovered.  The second went missing in 2001.  A female was reported to have drowned in the lake and her body was also never recovered.

On August 29, 2017, Bruce’s Legacy used a Side Scan Sonar to locate several potential sites where the drowning victims could be located.  They then used an underwater rover to visibly search each of those locations.   During the search, they located the body of an adult female that was similar to that of the missing female from 2001.  The body was recovered from the lake and sent to the Sacramento County Coroner for an Autopsy.  DNA samples were sent to The California Department of Justice Crime Lab for identification.  There was no indication of foul play. We have not received the results of the DNA testing.

On October 27, 2017, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detectives and Bruce’s Legacy returned to Fallen Leaf Lake to search for the male that went missing in 1996.  After several hours of searching, an adult male’s body was located.  The body had a rope tied around the lower portion of the legs.  A small anchor was tied to the end of the rope.

When the male body was taken from the lake, it was soon evident that it did not match the physical description of the male that went missing in 1996.  The body looked to have been in the lake for many years.  It was apparent that we had located a body that we had not known of, prior to his recovery.

The body was sent to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office for a Forensic Autopsy.  DNA samples were sent to The California Department of Justice Crime Lab for possible identification.  At this point, the cause and manner of death has not been determined.  This is an ongoing investigation and it is not known if this is a case of homicide or suicide.

Bruce’s Legacy has continued their search for the 1996 missing male and as of this date he has not been located.

These are ongoing investigations and it could take several months to determine the identities of the bodies that were recovered.

Threats to Local High School

Update – For immediate Release

Sgt. Moke Auwae

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person who sent the threatening Instagram post.  The individual is a resident of Texas and was contacted by local law enforcement in that state.  The individual, identified as nineteen year old Justin Boaz of Tyler, Texas, admitted to making the post because he was “bored”.  Based on this information, we believe there is no further danger regarding this threat.  No criminal charges will be filed in this case due to Justin’s location and the fact he lacked the present ability to follow through on his threats.


For Immediate Release

Sergeant Moke Auwae

Over the weekend, the Union Mine High School Yearbook Instagram page received a threatening post regarding the safety of the campus.  El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has been working in conjunction with the El Dorado Union High School District to determine if the threat is viable.  At this time, there is an ongoing investigation.  There is no indication that the threat is viable, but until completion of the investigation the threat will be taken seriously.  The safety of the campus and community is of the utmost importance.  In order to ensure the ongoing safety of students and staff, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will have Deputies at the campus Monday to follow up with the district and school administration.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school at (530) 621-4003.

If you have information regarding the investigation, please call the Sheriff’s Office (530) 621-6600



Attempted Robberies in El Dorado County

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On 10/09/17, at about 7 PM,  two suspects entered the CVS store located at 3500 Palmer Dr. in Cameron Park and attempted to rob the pharmacy.  The suspects were described as two Black male adults, in their 20’s, wearing black hooded sweatshirts.  One of the suspects looked to have dreadlocks.  The suspects jumped the pharmacy counter and demanded narcotics.  When they were not given the medication, they fled the store.

On 10/10/17 at about 12:22 PM, the Walgreens at 4014 Plaza Goldorado in Cameron Park, reported two suspects entered their store and attempted to rob them.  The suspects matched the description as the attempted robbery on 10/09 at CVS in Cameron Park.  The suspects jumped the Pharmacy Counter and demanded narcotics.  When they did not receive what they asked for, the suspects fled the scene.
On 10/10/17, at about 1 PM, Two people matching the same description as the prior two attempted robberies, entered the Walgreens on Missouri Flat Road in Placerville.  Walgreens management had been notified of the prior attempted robbery and were told to be on the look-out.  Employees saw two people matching the description, walk toward the front entrance of the store.  Walgreens staff approached the suspects as they entered.  The suspects then fled the scene, prior to law enforcement’s arrival.
The  suspects are still outstanding.  If anyone can identify the two suspects please contact El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detective Simon Brown at (530) 642-4703.