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Fallen Leaf Lake victim investigated as murder

Gregory Crofton

A woman’s body found Monday in a wooded area near the northeast side of Fallen Leaf Lake is being investigated as a murder.

“We still haven’t identified the woman,” said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Johnston. “But at this point we’re investigating it as a homicide.”

The woman, who was reportedly 35 to 40 years old, appeared to have died from a bullet wound, however, sheriff’s investigators have not released the location of the wound. They also have not indicated how long the body had possibly been there and whether the shooting took place at the lake or if the body was dumped off.

Detective Tom Hill, acting coroner for the sheriff’s department, said Tuesday that the woman’s body was intact except for the gunshot wound, meaning neither animal scavengers nor decomposition were a factor in the investigation.

The woman, who had brown hair, was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed between 150 to 165 pounds, was discovered by a South Lake Tahoe man who was searching for a good spot to fish.

By 4 p.m. Monday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies had closed off a large section of Fallen Leaf Road north of Tahoe Mountain Road as a crime scene. Investigators combed the woods all night looking for evidence with specialized equipment, generators and portable lights.

They wrapped up their work Tuesday morning and now are waiting for the results of an autopsy which are expected to be released today by the Placer County Morgue.

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