Police continue investigation of body found in meadow; homeowner thinks it may be homeless woman
A man who lives behind Barton Meadows in South Lake Tahoe thinks the remains of a body discovered there Thursday night might be those of a homeless woman he’s often seen.
Scott Ludovissy, who lives on Helen Street in South Lake Tahoe, says he has seen a woman, described as blonde, between 50 and 60 years old, in the meadow. The last time he saw her was on Tuesday night when he was walking his dog.
Ludovissy says he sometimes sees the woman with a man, and often sees homeless people in the meadow as his home backs up to it.
“I’ve seen her a lot, mostly over the summer, but I’ve seen her a couple times lately. She was sometimes with this other guy and she would carry garbage bags full of blankets and stuff,” Ludovissy said Friday.
On Tuesday night Ludovissy said he was walking his dog and saw the woman with the garbage bags. She appeared to be stumbling, he said. Later Tuesday it snowed and he didn’t think anything of it until he saw police scouring the meadow last night.
Police are using metal detectors and dogs as they investigated the remains of the body that was discovered by a person walking in the meadow.
At 5:58 p.m., Thursday a local resident was walking with family through the Barton Meadow behind the Grocery Outlet when he spotted the human remains, said Lt. Martin Hale of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
The witness notified the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, and responding officers confirmed the remains were that of a human being, Hale said.
Because of the condition of the body, no determination as to identification or gender has been made. Further investigation will be completed to determine how long the body has been in the meadow and what the cause of death may be, Hale said.
Investigative resources have been dedicated to determine the circumstances surrounding this death investigation. Investigators are hopeful that DNA and forensic testing conducted by the crime lab and the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will verify the identity and cause of the deceased.
Anyone with information concerning this person or related information is asked to contact Detective David Allen at the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6134.