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A year later, woman’s drowning ruled accidental

Staff Reports

The death of a 62-year-old Sacramento woman found dead last year in the Upper Truckee River has been ruled an accident.

Pamela Suwinsky's body was found within a mile of the South Lake Tahoe Motel 6 on April 9, 2017.

A long-time friend and ex-husband of Suwinsky reported that she left Motel 6 sometime 1-3:30 p.m. April 3 on foot.

The El Dorado County coroner has ruled her death as an accidental drowning after a year-long investigation into the circumstances.

In Alpine County, searchers have yet to locate missing skier Thomas Mullarkey, 65, who was reported missing March 14 after he failed to return to his Arnold, Calif., cabin.

Mullarkey's vehicle was located at Bear Valley Mountain Resort not long after his wife made the 11:30 p.m. report, according to Alpine County Undersheriff Spencer Case.

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Bad weather prevented helicopters from aiding in the search that weekend.

Alpine County Sheriff's deputies have continued to search areas surrounding the resort over the past three weeks without finding him.

Case said search & rescue efforts are focused on Bear Valley Resort because there was no evidence Mullarkey skied out of bounds, and the extreme avalanche danger in the surrounding wilderness.

"Search and Rescue personnel have conducted a thorough and methodical search operation during periods of heavy snowfall, white-out conditions, and single-digit temperatures," Case said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Case at 530-694-2231, ext. 357.