Cold case arrest in Tahoe

By From page A1 | April 04, 2012

Swanson Richard


Tahoe Tribune
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — On March 28, Andrew Sanford, 51, of Carmichael, Calif., was arrested on suspicion of the Aug. 14, 1980, murder of 16-year-old Richard Swanson, according to a statement released by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.The arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the California Department of Justice, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, according to the statement.”We want to thank the investigators, South Lake Tahoe Police Department and the El Dorado County District’s Attorney’s Office for pursuing this case and making this arrest possible,” Swanson’s parents, Ron and Sharon Swanson, said in the statement. “We have waited 31 years for this day, but we never gave up hope. It has been a long wait, but God told us to be patient and justice would come.”Swanson’s body was found bound and gagged in the lube room of the South “Y” Shell Service Station at 6:50 a.m. on Aug. 14, 1980.

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