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Body of Truckee man found in Prosser Reservoir

Renee Shadforth
Sierra Sun

Nevada County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into the death of a Truckee man whose body was found next to his vehicle in Prosser Reservoir on Tuesday.

Deputies discovered the body of Christopher Gallagher, 43, after his wife reported him missing to the Truckee Police Department Tuesday morning.

Officers and deputies investigated the wife’s report as a suspicious disappearance, which led them to an abandoned vehicle that had been reported by a passerby almost three weeks ago in Prosser Reservoir.

When investigators examined the vehicle at the reservoir’s edge on Tuesday they determined the SUV was Gallagher’s 2000 Ford Excursion. As they broke ice around the SUV to tow it, they found Gallagher outside of the vehicle under 3 feet of water and ice, said Nevada County sheriff’s Sgt. Frank Koehler.

A deputy on the scene recognized the body as Gallagher’s.

“The body did not show any signs of trauma, and there are no apparent obvious signs of suicide or homicide,” like bullet holes or bruises, Koehler said.

Investigators are waiting for an autopsy to determine Gallagher’s cause of death.

When she reported her husband missing on Tuesday, Gallagher’s wife told investigators that she didn’t contact them sooner because it wasn’t unusual for her husband to leave for periods of time, said Koehler.

On March 9, a citizen reported the Ford SUV in Prosser Reservoir to the sheriff’s office. Deputies investigated the SUV and found it unoccupied with the door open.

According to Koehler, the sheriff’s office then notified the U.S. Forest Service about the vehicle since it was on Forest Service property. The Forest Service was waiting for the lake to thaw before towing it, said Koehler.

“This time of year it’s not unusual” to find an abandoned vehicle in the local reservoirs, Koehler said. “Teenagers will go four-wheeling and leave a vehicle out there.”


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