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New leads sought in El Dorado County logger’s 2015 disappearance

Missing Persons File | Charles Thompson

The El Dorado County District Attorney's Office is seeking help investigating the 2015 disappearance of a Fair Play, Calif. logger.
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The El Dorado County District Attorney's Office is seeking help investigating the 2015 disappearance of a Fair Play, Calif. logger.

Charles Thompson, a long-time El Dorado County resident and logger, left his family home with an unidentified woman on Oct. 2, 2015, and his family has not heard from him since.

The El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office this week issued a news release and video seeking the public’s help in developing new leads in the cold case.

Thompson lived more than 40 years in the Fair Play area, where his family owned a large ranch. He attended local schools and worked for many years as a logger, according to the news release.

He was living with his father on the ranch, and his family last saw him on Oct. 2, 2015 as he was leaving the ranch with a woman in what is believed to be the woman’s late model white SUV.

Thompson’s family filed a missing person report after he failed to return home, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation.

Detectives were able to track Thompson’s movements on Oct. 2. They learned that he had visited Gray’s Market in Somerset, as well as the El Dorado Savings Bank in Diamond Springs. From there, he checked into the Best Western Inn in Jackson.

Thompson checked out of his Jackson motel room, his last known location, at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3, the news release said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the El Dorado County Cold Case Task Force at 530-621-4590. Callers can remain anonymous.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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