The El Dorado County Sheriff Office reports that in December 2020, the EDSO’s Homeless Outreach Team, (HOT), was made aware of a homeless person living in an abandoned mine shaft near the El Dorado Trail in the Placerville area.
The El Dorado Trail system is one of El Dorado County’s great attributes and is recreationally enjoyed by many people within our community. One person called EDSO to report observing several homeless subjects coming out of the mine and smelling smoke. Another person called EDSO to report observing homeless people cutting brush and piling it in the mineshaft area. HOT received a different report of a homeless subject snapping a whip and behaving in a strange manner on the El Dorado Trail. This reporting party felt threatened and was also concerned for other people enjoying the trail.
HOT responded to the mineshaft location and contacted a homeless subject who advised he had been living in the mineshaft for several years. HOT offered services to assist the homeless person out of homelessness, to include room and board. HOT responded to this location on multiple occasions, each time offering services and each time receiving a refusal to accept services.
Ultimately, the subject was advised of trespassing and the homeless subject moved on.
HOT worked together with El Dorado County Facilities to clean and seal off the entrance to the mineshaft, restoring the peaceful use of the El Dorado Trail and preventing any potential injuries related to a dangerous and unpredictable mine shaft.