Death called ‘suspicious’ |

Death called ‘suspicious’

Jeff Munson
Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune / South Lake Tahoe K9 Officer Tony Broadfoot and Duke, a three-year-old Belgian malinois, search for evidence in the meadow behind Grocery Outlet Friday afternoon. A body was discovered in the meadow Thursday night.

Autopsy results of human remains found last week at Barton Meadow could be released today, officials said. The death is being treated as “suspicious.”

The grisly remains, discovered by a resident walking in the meadow, had been disturbed by coyotes, according to South Lake Tahoe police officers who were at the scene on Friday.

“Due to the condition of the body, we are unable to make any kind of identification. We are following some leads and once the autopsy is done, we can have some more answers,” said Detective Larry Olsen, El Dorado County’s deputy coroner.

Authorities had not officially concluded the remains are those of a woman. Officers and witnesses at the scene last week, however, said the remains are that of a woman.

The autopsy could determine a cause of death. “At this point we don’t know how the individual died,” Olsen said. “We have to treat (the case) as suspicious until it is ruled out. The autopsy will hopefully help us with that.”

Anyone with information concerning this person or related information is asked to contact Detective David Allen, South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6134.

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