For Immediate Release
Sergeant Anthony Prencipe
On November 28, 2019, at around noon, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a possible drowning at Lake Baron in Meyers. It was believed that a person had fallen through the ice while walking their dogs. The search continued into the evening and detectives were able to determine that a man from Meyers was missing.
Cold weather clothing was found in the lake in the area where it was believed the person had fallen in. EDSO Dive Team, along with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Boat Team, Lake Valley Fire, South Lake Tahoe Fire, and EDSO Search and Rescue, continued to search the lake the following day.
Douglas County Sheriffs Office utilized their advanced ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) and were able to locate and recover the deceased person, who has been positively identified as 39 year old David Schmidt. There were no signs of foul play and all signs indicate that this was a tragic accident. Next of kin notifications have been made. David had been walking three dogs at the time. All three were rescued and taken to a local vet for treatment.