The remains of a man missing more than eight years – and whose suspected killer sits in jail awaiting trial for his murder – have been found in El Dorado County.
Cold case homicide investigators last Friday unearthed the remains of Tobias Kaiser, an El Dorado County man who was reported missing from his Somerset home in November 2006.
Kaiser, 47, was last seen Nov. 30, 2006, at his residence near the 7400 block of Perry Creek Road in Somerset. He reportedly was in the process of moving to Modesto.
Earlier this year, based on information gathered by investigators, arrest warrants were issued for Eric Todd Mehlmauer, 47, of Placerville and Ronald Anthony Garcia, 53, of Sacramento in connection with Kaiser’s death. The men were taken into custody Jan 15.
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Mehlmauer was arraigned on first-degree murder charges, and Garcia was arraigned on a charge of being an accessory after the fact. Both men are awaiting trial in El Dorado Superior Court with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 14.
A complaint filed in El Dorado Superior Court alleges that Mehlmauer shot and killed Kaiser. It also alleges that Garcia knew of the crime, but concealed the information to help Mehlmauer avoid arrest.
“Mr. Kaiser can now have a proper burial and his friends and family can start the process of trying to find closure,” said El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson in a press release.
Officials did not disclose the exact location where the remains were found.
The Cold Case Homicide Task Force members include personnel from the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, and the California Department of Justice. The task force was assisted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office and the Sacramento County Crime Lab.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.