Homeless Outreach Event

Wednesday, for the first time in our county’s history, the Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team in collaboration with EDC Behavioral Health, EDC Mental Health, Community Health, Marshall Medical, The Lighted Candle, Walmart, JOBS & Shelters of the Sierras and Capital Aire Systems brought a variety of resources into the field to reach our homeless population where they live.  The services offered ranged from minor wound care and education to substance abuse and mental health counselling, along with clothing donations, camping supplies and free laundry service.  

Collectively our outreach team was able to provide services to 25 homeless individuals in the following capacity:


  • 7 – This is the initial screening for entry/assessment to receive a funding package and treatment via rehab/transitional housing.


• 8 Loads of laundry completed • 250 gallons of water • Supplies for wound care • Camping supplies/toiletries • Clothing/Shoes/ Cold weather • Feminine hygiene


• Wound care – Training and take-a-long supplies provided

 • Assessment of ongoing issues/ailments, including; Cancer, Dental, Infections, Skin Irritation, Allergies, and Women’s Health.


 • PTSD • Family Counseling • Substance Abuse • Physical abuse • Sexual assault

We want to thank everyone involved for their time, effort, and knowledge to help the homeless individuals in our community.

Missing Jet Skier located in Folsom Lake

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

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.

Placerville woman arrested for multiple crimes against adopted children

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

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.