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January 11, 2013
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Wife arrested in former Lake Tahoe Forest supervisor's death

El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies arrested the wife of former Lake Tahoe Forest Supervisor Bob Harris on suspicion of murder over the weekend after finding Harris' body in a home near Placerville.

Deputies responded to a report of a homicide at a residence on the 3200 block of Wilderness Way Jan. 6 and met with Colleen Ann Harris, 70, according to a sheriff's spokesman. Deputies entered the house and found a body, later identified as 72-year-old Robert Edward Harris, Colleen's husband.

Robert Harris appeared to have sustained a fatal gunshot wound. During the investigation, Colleen Harris was arrested and booked into El Dorado County jail on suspicion of one count of murder. No bail is listed.

Robert Harris served as the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor from 1988 through 1997 and was involved in numerous projects, including facilitating completion of the basin's forest plan, working on the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, trail construction in Desolation Wilderness and securing the first round of funding for the Environmental Improvement Program, according to information from Forest Service employee Don Lane.

"During his tenure as Forest Supervisor, Bob was known for his love for Lake Tahoe and for his passion to bring consensus to the agencies managing the Tahoe Basin," Lane wrote.

He was active with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute and had three children, according to Lane. He was also a volunteer with the sheriff's STAR program since 1997, according to a sheriff's statement.

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The Record Courier Updated Jan 11, 2013 08:43PM Published Jan 11, 2013 08:40PM Copyright 2013 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.