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Body identified as Idaho man

Christina Proctor

No one reported Gary Roy Andreatta missing.

A Placer County sheriff’s deputy talked to the 46-year-old man from Twin Falls, Idaho, during a routine check of the fire roads off Brockway Summit. Andreatta appeared to be one of the usual campers who frequent the area. A little more than a week later on June 27 hikers found Andreatta’s body lying in his car – dead from an apparent suicide.

“We weren’t able to contact a next of kin until last night,” Detective Sgt. Bill Langton said Tuesday. “It was a brother who hadn’t talked to him in 10 years.”

Langton estimated that Andreatta was dead one to two days before being discovered.

The car was parked off Martis Peak Road. A plastic hose attached to the exhaust of the car lead inside the compartment and a makeshift grill containing burnt charcoal briquettes was positioned on the front seat, investigators said.

Langton said Andreatta was in the Tahoe area for at least two weeks before his death. Inside the car investigators found slips from area pawn shops dating back to June 16.

Despite the signs of suicide, an official cause of death won’t be determined until final autopsy results, which includes a toxicology report, is finished.

Andreatta wouldn’t be the first to choose Lake Tahoe as the place for their suicide. Last year on Dec. 2, the body of a 43-year-old Reno man was found in Cascade Lake by two fishermen.

El Dorado County sheriff’s investigators never found a next of kin for Richard Neal Holbrook and no one reported him missing. Holbrook liquidated all of his property and took a Greyhound bus to Lake Tahoe and then used the rest of his money to take a bus to Emerald Bay. Holbrook’s landlady told investigators he was unable to get a job due to some health problems.

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