No foul play in South Lake Tahoe man’s death
February 3, 2003
A 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was found dead not far from his Emerald Bay Road apartment on Friday afternoon.
Kit Holland, a native of Arizona who moved here about two years ago, suffered from severe diabetes which required him to wear an insulin pump.
A woman who lives on James Avenue found Holland’s body when she went outside to look for her cat. He was on top of a snowbank behind the Sun Garden West Apartments. Holland was wearing socks but no shoes and his insulin pump was flashing because it was empty, police said.
Fulton Coley, Holland’s friend and roommate at the Sun Garden complex, said he last saw Holland about 6 p.m. on Thursday.
“He was a little sick,” Coley, 24, said.
Coley went to a meeting for work and when he returned about 8 p.m. Holland was not at home.
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Coley said he was not surprised Holland didn’t come home Thursday. He figured he was staying at a motel, which he did once in a while, or had gone out for the night.
“It was a total shock,” said Coley, who had known Holland for about six months. “He was a great guy.”
Holland worked as a lift operator at Sierra-at-Tahoe. This year was Holland’s first working at Sierra, said Nicole Belt, resort spokeswoman. Before the season started, Holland worked as a cook at the Horizon Casino Resort.
Holland liked to snowboard, enjoyed the outdoors and was an Eagle Scout. Coley said Holland was treated at Barton Memorial Hospital for diabetes about two months ago.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department does not believe any foul play was involved in Holland’s death, said Sgt. Terry Daniels.
— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org