Man found dead in snowberm |

Man found dead in snowberm

Christina Proctor

A 36-year-old Sacramento man was found buried under several inches of new snow Sunday morning, in the parking lot of the county’s justice complex.

Timothy Moore bailed out of the El Dorado County Jail, where he was being held on suspicion of driving under the influence, around 1 a.m. Almost 11 hours later, a county employee, who was clearing the parking lot, found Moore in a snow berm close to Johnson Boulevard. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.

Moore was arrested around 4:39 p.m. Saturday by California Highway Patrol officers. He was stopped on U.S. Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort. Investigators said that Moore had a swollen lip and claimed he’d had a fight with a family member earlier in the day. A breath sample taken around 5:30 p.m. at the jail, registered Moore’s blood alcohol level at .21 percent. The legal limit is .08.

Jail personnel said, after bailing out with the help of a bail bonds agency, Moore exited the front of the jail. That was the last time he was seen alive, investigators said.

“Jail personnel said Moore didn’t exhibit any symptoms of intoxication when he was released,” said Detective Martin Hewlett. “Early indications suggest that he died shortly after leaving the jail. Moore was not dressed in appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.”

Hewlett said the cause of death is still undetermined, pending the results of a forensic autopsy.

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