Autopsy results due on body found in S. Lake meadow |

Autopsy results due on body found in S. Lake meadow

Jeff Munson
Nevada Appeal News Service
Jonah M. Kessel/Nevada Appeal News Service Lt. Martin Hale, of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, peers into thick brush in the meadow behind Grocery Outlet near where a body was discovered last week. The autopsy results on the remains could be released today.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Autopsy results of human remains found last week at Barton Meadow could be released today, officials said. The death is being treated as “suspicious.”

The remains, discovered by a resident walking in the meadow, had been disturbed by coyotes, according to South Lake Tahoe police officers who were at the scene.

“Due to the condition of the body, we are unable to make any kind of identification. We are following some leads, and once the autopsy is done, we can have some more answers,” said Detective Larry Olsen, El Dorado County’s deputy coroner.

Authorities had not officially concluded the remains are those of a woman.

Officers and witnesses at the scene last week, however, said the remains are that of a woman.

The autopsy could determine a cause of death.

“At this point we don’t know how the individual died,” Olsen said. “We have to treat (the case) as suspicious until it is ruled out. The autopsy will hopefully help us with that.”

Anyone with information concerning this person or related information is asked to contact Detective David Allen, South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6134.