Update on bodies recovered from Fallen Leaf Lake

For Immediate Release
Sergeant Anthony Prencipe
Detectives from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office provided the California Department of Justice with DNA samples from the two bodies recovered from Fallen Leaf Lake in August and October.
 
The California Department of Justice confirmed the identities of both bodies.
 
The female recovered on August 29, 2017 was identified through DNA as 71 year old Cynthia Ellis (aka: Cynthia Prehoda) from South Lake Tahoe, Ca. Ellis went missing in 2001 and was believed to have committed suicide by drowning in Fallen Leaf Lake. A forensic autopsy and examination by a Forensic Anthropologist was unable to determine a cause of death.
 
The male recovered on October 27, 2017 was identified through DNA as 74 year old Michael Whalen. Whalen went missing in 2004 after traveling to the Lake Tahoe area from Florida. Whalen arrived in the South Lake Tahoe area in his van, carrying a brown, wood colored canoe. Whalen’s van was located near Fallen Leaf Lake in late 2004. The whereabouts of Whalen’s canoe are unknown. The small anchor and rope around Whalen’s legs was consistent with an anchor used for a canoe. A forensic autopsy and examination by a Forensic Anthropologist was unable to determine a cause of death. 
 
The conclusions on cause of death are due to the condition of the remains. There was no evidence of foul play.
 
Both families have been notified and are thankful for the closure brought by the the efforts of Bruce’s Legacy, the Fallen Leaf Fire Department, El Dorado County Search and Rescue and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Anyone with information on Michael Whalen, the location of his canoe, or any canoe found at Fallen Leaf Lake around 2004 or 2005 is asked to call El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detective Rich Horn at (530) 642-4729 or Detective Damian Frisby at (530) 573-3022.

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Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

The following are the booking photographs of the men arrested on Wednesday regarding the fatal stabbing in Cedar Grove. Both men are in custody in Carson City under felony warrants.

Chase Bomar (19 years)                            Cody Bomar   (21 years)

Homicide in Cedar Grove

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Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Yesterday, just after 4pm, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a stabbing on Pony Express Trail in Cedar Grove. When deputies arrived, 42 year old Jeremy Fortuin of Pollock Pines, was found with multiple injuries. Live saving efforts were attempted by deputies on scene until medics arrived, who continued with medical aid. Unfortunately, Jeremy did not survive his injuries.

Witness interviews provided information into the altercation. This lead to our request for assistance in locating Johnny Ring.  Johnny Ring, and another witness, were found, interviewed, and later released.

Information gathered during the investigation lead to arrest warrants being issued for 19 year old Chase Bomar and 21 year old Cody Bomar, out of Pollock Pines. Chase and Cody were found to have fled to Nevada. With the assistance of Carson City SWAT, EDSO Detectives were able to locate and arrest Chase and Cody. Both have since been arrested on murder charges.

Next of kin notification has been made. At this time, there is no request by EDSO for assistance in the investigation or any other outstanding persons. Booking photographs of Cody and Chase will be released when we have them.

 

(Post has been updated with victim’s correct age)