“Placer County Sheriff’s Office detectives released videos on its social media channels Thursday that were captured by home surveillance systems in the neighborhood. The videos, they believe, show a person who knows what happened to the Spohrs.”
The gruesome discovery of a Lake Tahoe man, dead in his home from a gunshot wound over the weekend, has Placer County investigators asking for the community’s help in trying to track down the person responsible for killing him.
KCRA reports police responded to an open-end 911 call from a Homewood neighborhood Saturday night. Because the caller didn’t communicate the emergency, first responders went to the home on West Lake Drive to follow up. There, they found Robert Gary Spohr, 70, dead from a single gunshot wound. According to family, Spohr’s wife, Wendy Wood Spohr, was also in the home at the time of the incident and was shot at least twice.
As of Thursday, she remained hospitalized in an intensive care unit, unresponsive. Placer County Sheriff’s Office detectives released videos on its social media channels Thursday that were captured by home surveillance systems in the neighborhood. The videos, they believe, show a person who knows what happened to the Spohrs.
“We’re not exactly sure of the role of that male. We know that he was there. We’re not saying he’s involved, but since we found no signs of forced entry to the home, we’re operating under the assumption that maybe he was known to the family. Maybe not. Maybe he was a welcomed guest. We’re not sure.” – Lt. Nelson Resendes
The family has made a plea to the community, asking for anyone who might have seen the person in the video to come forward with information. The person is believed to have been traveling southbound on West Lake Boulevard from Tahoe City to Homewood between 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and northbound between 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Detectives are working to find a motive for the crime. They said they do not believe anything from inside the home was stolen, and they said they don’t think the neighborhood as a whole is in danger.
“At this point we’re considering him a person of interest. We’d just like to speak with him and find out what happened. If he saw anything.”
Anyone with information on this homicide or anyone with a surveillance system located along West Lake Boulevard is being urged to call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 530-889-7853.
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— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) June 10, 2021