High Country Claims Another Life in Missing Person Case

Hope Valley, CA…On 12/06/2012, The Alpine County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed the second person found was positively identified as Roderick Paul Clifton (44 years). Sadly, Roderick was found deceased. The investigation is ongoing. The cause of death has yet to be determined. Roderick was found in an area of heavy snow. Paula is recovering in the hospital from non-life threatening injuries.

On 12/05/2012 at 8:30P.M, Alpine County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Paula Lane had been located near Highway 88/89. Paula was alive and found walking on the main highway. She was transported to Carson/Tahoe regional hospital where her injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. Reports are that a second person was also located. However, at this time we have not confirmed the identity of the second person nor can we comment on the condition of that person.

Details are that Paula and Roderick’s vehicle became stuck in the snow while driving on Burnside Road near Highway 88/89. We believe the couple slept inside their vehicle for at least one day. Initial reports are that Roderick left the vehicle to seek help. However, Roderick never returned to the vehicle. Paula eventually left the vehicle to seek help. It is believed Paula was located by a family member as she was walking on the main highway. Due to the location in the mountains, Paula and Roderick had not received cell reception.

There has been a continued search by members of the California Highway Patrol, El Dorado Sheriff’s Department, Alpine County Sheriff’s Department, and members of Paula and Roderick’s families. The search was conducted by vehicle, on foot, and in the air. The air search was recently grounded due poor weather conditions. Detectives from the Citrus Heights Police Department are on their way to the scene. We will update this press release when we receive additional information.

On 11/30/2012, Citrus Heights Police Department received a report of two missing adults. The subjects identified as Roderick Paul Clifton (44 years old) and Paula Lane (46 years old) both of Gardnerville Nevada, were last seen leaving a relative’s home in Citrus Heights on 11/29/2012 at approximately 2:45P.M. The two were supposed to return to their home in Nevada on the same date. However, neither party has been heard from since nor are they answering their cellular telephones. Relatives are fearful due to the current roadway conditions in the mountains.

The report was categorized as missing at risk due to the details of the incident and no prior history of being missing. A Critical Reach TRAK Flier was created with photographs of the subjects and distributed to all California and Nevada agencies. Please reference Citrus Heights Case# CH12-12148.

They are driving a Dark Blue, 1989 Jeep Cherokee, Lic # 4VPB789. Their usual route is HWY50 into Tahoe, then onto HWY89. The California Highway Patrol and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has been notified of the missing adults. Anybody with information regarding the missing subjects is urged to call the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916)727-4785.