COLD CASE TASK FORCE PARTNERSHIP
WITH 48 HOURS
El Dorado County is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in the world. In fact nearly every travel guide lists Lake Tahoe near the top of the most beautiful lakes and destinations in the United States. Sadly, there is a darker side. El Dorado County, despite an overall low crime rate, has a disproportionately high number of unsolved homicides. In fact, it’s roughly double the number of Placer County. Most of these unsolved or cold homicides took place in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. The families of these victims never forget their lost love one. Many of them seem lost in time, still waiting to find out what happened to their loved one and who is responsible.
As these cases get older, they become far more difficult to investigate and prosecute. For this reason, we created a Cold Case Task Force comprised of experienced prosecutors, detectives and investigators. We are also the only county of our size with a full-time DNA Criminalist. Additionally, we have sought to aggressively use social media to enlist public support to solve these very difficult cases. As part of that effort, beginning last summer, we partnered with CBS News 48 Hours Crimesider. We greatly appreciate their support in publicizing this effort and encourage you to take a few minutes to look at these profiles to see if you might have that missing piece of information that will solve a cold case homicide.
Click on the image(s) below to view the 48 Hours article(s).
To view each of our cold case homicide videos, please click on the name below:
Over the next several weeks, we will post information regarding some of the successful efforts of our Cold Case Task Force. In particular we will profile the murders 16-year-old Richard Swanson, Kathy Graves, Tammy Jarschke, and Tanya Jones. Their killers have been captured and brought to justice.