On 11-23-2021 at 6:30 p.m. an inmate escaped the El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe. The inmate, 38-year-old Ruben Zavala Garcia, was in custody for multiple criminal charges to include domestic violence, violation of restraining order, false imprisonment, burglary, and a violation of probation. Garcia was in custody on bail and had not been convicted or sentenced for his charges. Garcia escaped while performing supervised inmate worker duties outside of the jail facility.
EDSO immediately responded to Garcia’s escape by investigating and contacting persons and locations associated to Garcia. EDSO searched the South Lake Tahoe area with deputies, detectives, canines, and air support. EDSO contacted the victim in Garcia’s criminal case and the victim is aware of the incident. Garcia was not located during the all-night search.
EDSO is actively and aggressively working this case and there is an active Ramey Warrant for the arrest of Garcia for PC 4532 (B)(1). (Escape from Jail) Garcia is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds, and has tattooed forearms. Garcia was last seen wearing a khaki-colored jail issued uniform with a short-sleeved shirt and long pants. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Garcia, or has any information that may assist EDSO with this investigation, please contact EDSO dispatch at 530-621-6600. We have no additional information regarding this incident at this time. We appreciate your support and assistance in this matter.
On Friday July 9, 2021 at 4:24 p.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious death in the area of Fowler Lane in Diamond Springs. After 24 hours of investigation into the incident, the death has been classified as a homicide. The female victim has been positively identified as 63-year-old Jeanie Cilley. No arrests have been made in the case. EDSO is actively investigating and following all investigative leads. The case is ongoing, and we will provide updates as information becomes available. We have no additional information to provide currently.
I want to let you all know this will be my last term as Sheriff with my last day being December 31, 2022. After giving my all initially to my construction career, then my law enforcement career in Amador and the last three terms as Sheriff, it is time for me to spend time with Janine, my kids, my grandkids, my family, and parents who I am blessed to have still with us. I don’t know what the future holds for me but I’m sure it won’t be as consuming as the past. I was elected to this seat with much on my plate and after accomplishing all I had hoped for, and more, I plan to retire. I will be supporting Lieutenant Jeff Leikauf in his bid to be my successor. He has the same dedication to Agency, Community, County and Country as I and he will lead with the same values and commitment that I have. I sincerely hope you will join me in assisting him in his endeavor and his future administration.
I want to thank those of you that have helped and supported my agency these past years. It has truly been a team effort.