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Girl returns home after missing for a week

A 15-year-old South Lake Tahoe girl missing for a week has been found unharmed, her mother said.

Raina Nicole Suydam called her mother early Friday to tell her she was with friends and they were reunited later that day.

Nicky VanSuydam said she was concerned that her daughter hadn’t run away because she didn’t take any winter clothes with her and didn’t take her heart medication, which she takes daily.



In other news:

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department identified two juveniles and an 18-year-old man in connection with more than 20 vehicle break-ins that occurred in the Golden Bear area on the night of Dec. 23.




The two 17-year-olds and Jonathan Jones were not taken into custody but would face some disciplinary action, said Detective Steve Fleischmann.

“Some people in the neighborhood were suspicious of (Jones),” he said.

After some talking, Jones confessed his crime along with the juveniles, Fleischmann said.

Most of the stolen property was recovered. Items included a camera, ski goggles, dozens of compact discs, baseball glove, flashlight and a Palm Pilot.

Fleischmann said besides suspicious neighbors, footprints photographed at the scene matched the tennis shoes the three were wearing. One pair had “distinct zig-zags,” Fleischmann said.

Tire tracks from an Isuzu Rodeo that was used as a get-away vehicle were recorded with plaster.

Witnesses said they saw the three suspects during the early morning hours of Dec. 24. About 3:30 a.m., a man heard a noise before his car alarm was triggered. He said he saw two males run in different directions.

William Ferchland, Jeff Munson


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