South Lake Tahoe police locate at-risk missing person |

South Lake Tahoe police locate at-risk missing person

UPDATE: South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) located Tara Dawn Johnson and her chihuahua at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.

According to police officials, Johnson was found walking in the area of Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Al Tahoe Boulevard.

“She was wet with the rain and cold, but otherwise seemed healthy,” SLTPD reported in a release. “Johnson explained she had walked away of her own accord and found shelter on her own last night.”

No foul play is suspected, and Johnson has been returned to her caregiver.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is encouraging the public to be on the look out for an at-risk missing person.

Tara Dawn Johnson was reported missing by her caregiver early Thursday morning. Johnson suffers from medical conditions that require her to take medication. She also has a diminished mental capacity and it is out of character for her not to return, which is the reason Johnson, 46, is considered at risk.

Johnson left her apartment near Bonanza Avenue and F Street in South Lake Tahoe to walk her dog, a black and white chihuahua named Bert, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. She was last seen with her dog in that area. Johnson was wearing blue sweatpants, a black jacket, turquoise earrings and three necklaces.

Law enforcement is requesting the public’s assistance and asking people to watch for Johnson in order to recover her safely. She is described as being 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighting 120 pounds, with brown eyes and brown and grey hair in a bun.

Anyone who may have information about this case is encouraged to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 530-542-6100, or to remain anonymous, Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.

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