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Report due soon in murder investigation

Information regarding the alleged murder of South Shore mason Edward Ortega is expected to arrive soon when an accident investigation team will submit a report on the staged accident scene, said El Dorado County sheriff’s Sgt. Detective Hal Lamb.

When the sheriff’s department receives the report made by engineers, Caltrans employees and others, it will submit a case to the district attorney’s office naming possible suspects, Lamb said.

Ortega’s body was found next to his truck on Aug. 2 by authorities after Rodney Sency walked into the South Lake Tahoe substation of El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department telling deputies the location of the crash.



Ortega was found 100 feet down an embankment off Mormon Emigrant Trail about a mile south of Silver Fork Road.

The California Highway Patrol in Placerville deemed the accident fake and authorities began investigating the case as a murder.




Ortega was doing mason work on Sency’s ranch, located on Silver Fork Road about 12 miles south of Highway 50.

No suspects have been named and Lamb did not reveal details of the finished sheriff’s report.

In other news:

A 45-year-old Meyers man reported his home on Oaxaco Street vandalized when he came home from an overnight vacation and found more than $1,000 in doors, drawers and kitchen tile damaged, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The man suspected a person staying at his house of throwing a party, which caused the damage on Nov. 2 , He found numerous bottles and garbage throughout his house, the deputy said.

A 33-year-old Los Angeles woman reported her rental car burglarized after coming back from an hour walk near the waterfalls on Emerald Bay Road, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

A passport, credit cards and $60 were taken from the locked car Monday, the deputy said.

A $5 gray metal gun case with nothing inside was stolen from a 2002 Toyota Tacoma parked on Oneidas Street near Powerline Trail on Tuesday, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

A 39-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman said her ex-boyfriend, 41, was stalking her by staying in his car outside her residence, calling numerous times and following her to her work at Harveys Resort and Casino, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

The ex-boyfriend said he wasn’t aware of the October breakup; that she calls him to hang out and that the woman has emotional fits, the deputy said.


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