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El Dorado Sheriff Says Homeless Man Lived in Mineshaft for Years

by ECT

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.


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Jaimoe Feb 16, 2021 - 9:13 am

Now he’ll be in someone’s backyard, so……
I reckon that mineshaft is older than both of us put together, it wasn’t going nowhere. I thought recycled housing….. recycle/ reuse was a ‘ thang’ ?
Just sayin’ ✌🏻

LoveableCurmudgeon Feb 17, 2021 - 4:14 am

So, the mineshaft was sitting there. Out of the way. And someone took as a place of refuge. So what? What? Some hiker got offended? So the authorities had to take charge? There’s a lot to be said for minding one’s own business

Yeahright Feb 17, 2021 - 5:02 pm

Looks like he had a pretty good set up in the mine shaft. Geeeezzzz, let him be!

Ray ray Feb 17, 2021 - 8:56 pm

I’m thinking none of the 3 commenters actually read the article ?
Smoke coming from the mine? Hazardous and dangerous to hikers and those living in the area. Strange man cracking a whip? Scary for all considering a whip is a weapon.
Maybe the people in favor of allowing homeless to take over our natural areas should leave their houses and see how the homeless actually affect those who use the trails or live near these encampments. It’s scary to be alone near people who have mental health issues, shouting , ranting, following, waving weapons. Furthermore, it’s not safe. Now imagine having homeless lighting fires near your backyard… imagine being afraid to go to sleep out of fear that your home will burn down because a homeless person forgot to tend to their fire. There is soo little common sense here in California that it’s mind blowing.

Jaimoe Feb 18, 2021 - 7:24 am

Poor ray ray, don’t be scared. Be proactive.


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