A report of a floating body on Cascade Lake on April 9 was later believed to be a piece of wood.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a floating body at 2:51 p.m., a press release stated. The reporting party, born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, was hiking on a trail in the northeast portion of Cascade Lake near the shoreline when she saw what she believed to be a body rise to the surface of the lake and sink back down. She returned to the lake with a deputy, to the exact same spot.
A CALSTAR helicopter was brought in to search the area, but found nothing resembling a body. Search and Rescue volunteers met with similar results.
No lost missing persons reports were made in the vicinity of Cascade Lake at the time.
Around 9:30 a.m. the next morning, members of the EDSO Dive Team arrived. CALSTAR was again requested to help search as the water was glassy and calm. A piece of wood was the only floating object found.
Dive Team members were directed to the area where the alleged floating body had been seen. They found no evidence of any bodies in the water. However, they did find evidence of beaver activity in the search area.