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Body found on Ebbett’s Pass

William Ferchland

The body of a 44-year-old California man was discovered lying on the ground next to a gray pickup Tuesday at Ebbett’s Pass on Highway 4, a law enforcement official said.

John English Wetherall was found dead at 3 p.m., Alpine County sheriff’s Detective Spencer Case said.

Case wouldn’t speculate on the cause of death but said a firearm was in the “vicinity” of English’s body.

An autopsy was scheduled for late Wednesday.

“There was no evidence of a struggle and there was no erratic-type tire marks or anything like that,” Case said. Case wouldn’t say where Wetherall lived but said it was outside the area somewhere in California.

The truck was parked on the shoulder of the highway. Ebbett’s Pass is about 45 minutes from South Lake Tahoe near Markleeville.

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Case asked anybody with knowledge of the incident to call him at (530) 694-2231.

In other news:

— Three former Horizon Casino Resort employees were arrested earlier this month on suspicion of stealing a total of $15,000 from the casino, according to authorities.

Louis Valdez, Caesar Pulido and Luis Alvarez-Gonzales were taken into custody Nov. 3 on suspicion of grand theft and conspiracy. Bail was set at $50,000.

Valdez and Pulido were money counters at the casino, picking up trays from gaming tables and slot machines and taking them to the money counting room, authorities said.

Alvarez-Gonzales worked as a coin room attendant.

Jerry Markling, chief of the enforcement division for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, didn’t know how long the alleged theft was occurring but said it appeared the three men collaborated on the scheme.

— Four necklaces and two bracelets worth a total of $2,159 were reported stolen from the Landau Jewelry Store inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy stated.

The jewelry contained mostly white and yellow stones. The theft happened earlier this month and was reported on Nov. 4.