Detective: Man may have jumped to his death at Echo Summit |

Detective: Man may have jumped to his death at Echo Summit

William Ferchland

A search-and-rescue initiated for a potential fall victim when a car was found with its ignition on and windows rolled down on Echo Summit ended when a body of a Folsom man was discovered, authorities said.

The man’s body lay about 100 to 150 feet from the embankment of Highway 50 about a half mile west of Old Meyers Grade, according to a release by El Dorado County sheriff’s Detective Greg Almos.

He was pronounced dead at 7:40 a.m. Thursday.

The man’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide.

The sheriff’s department has responded to three suicide incidents along the stretch of Highway 50 beneath Echo Summit within this year.

Besides the sheriff’s department and its search-and-rescue volunteers, Lake Valley Fire Protection District and California Highway Patrol helicopter H-20 recovered the body.

In other news:

Around 5 p.m. Thursday emergency dispatch received two calls regarding a naked woman running along Ski Run Boulevard, authorities said.

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, which has a station on the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Pioneer Trail, called but took another step of giving the woman a blanket, said Leona Allen, communications coordinator for the dispatch center.

The woman was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

“Thank goodness for the fire department,” Allen said.

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