Pervert hiker sought near Boca Reservoir
August 14, 2003
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who appeared twice at Boca Reservoir wearing nothing but hiking boots last week.
Last Tuesday, he attempted to flag down two girls driving near the reservoir. A man of the same description approached two teenage girls as they were lying on a blanket near the water and began masturbating nearby.
The girls left the area and remained with another party on the beach until they were picked up. They then called the sheriff’s department, to report the incident.
The man is described as tall, thin, balding with dark brown hair on the sides, tan and between 30-40 years old.
So far, there have been no further reports regarding the man, and he has not yet attempted physical contact with anyone. He’s wanted on suspicion of indecent exposure and annoying a child under the age of 18. The sheriff’s office has given out flyers, dispatched extra patrol in the area, informed other agencies that patrol the area and informed campground hosts.
“I feel that we have the situation under control,” Deputy Sheriff David Lade said. “We have feelers out all over the place.”
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The father of one of the girls who was on the beach offered to post an award, but the sheriff’s department declined, fearing that it would jeopardize the investigation at this point. An award could inspire someone to plant evidence, flood the department with evidence that may not be relevant, harm a person who might fit the description who was not involved or scare the subject away.
“I want to get the guy caught as much as anyone does,” Lade said, “…If he disappears in the woodwork, then we’ll never find him.”
The father and local businessman, wishing to remain anonymous, fears the man is growing bolder.
“I don’t want to see it escalate to this suspect raping or killing someone on the shores of Boca,” he said.
The department asks that anyone who sees this person stay away from him and call the Nevada County Sheriff’s Truckee Office. Any evidence should be left where it is for the sheriff’s to determine whether it is important to the investigation.
“Right now, for people’s safety obviously, we don’t want people approaching him because we don’t know who he is or what he’s capable of,” Lade said. “…More than anything it’s important that people keep their eyes and ears open.”