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Woman’s body found near Lake Tahoe shoreline

William Ferchland
Sun News Service

A woman’s body was retrieved from a wind-swept, cold Lake Tahoe this morning by authorities who are now investigating the cause of death.

The woman, who appeared heavyset, Caucasian and in her 40s, was only wearing undergarments but a subsequent search of the water’s shoreline by a South Lake Tahoe firefighter in a drysuit found numerous items of clothing.

It is not known if the clothing belonged to the woman. South Lake Tahoe police officer Pierre Herring said it is possible the woman could have been in the lake for a long period of time but was stirred to the surface by strong winds and current.

Since Lake Tahoe has frigid temperatures, and oftentimes bodies don’t decompose and can stay in pristine condition.

The body was found near Timber Cove Beach, about a mile west of Stateline, Nev. It was spotted by a man walking his dog along the beach and reported the discovery to authorities at 7:59 a.m.

Detectives were inspecting a sailboat washed ashore about a quarter mile west of the woman’s body to see if it could be tied to the woman’s death. In addition, a detective contacted the U.S. Coast Guard to determine the wind speed and current direction in case the woman was swept from a different location along the lake.

A Coast Guard petty officer reported the lake’s surface temperature at 40 degrees this morning while winds coming from the east blowing west were sustained at 20 mph with gusts over 30 mph.

Anyone with information regarding the woman can contact the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100.


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