Wednesday Feb 13 2008
No criminal charges to be filed in local's death
By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
Officials said Monday that it is still unclear if several family dogs contributed to the December death of Foresthill resident Cora Lee Suehead. The body Suehead, 61, a longtime Placer County resident, was found around noon Dec. 4 about 100 yards from her Foresthill home. The pathology report is still pending to determine if the dogs contributed to Cora Suehead's death, said Lt. Jeff Ausnow of the Placer County Sheriff's Department. At this time we have determined that no criminal charges are going to be filed. Suehead's body was found by a family member in an area with heavy shrubbery near a home in the 19000 block of Foresthill Road, said Det. Sgt. Dennis Walsh. She was not dressed for the damp and chilly weather. Suehead's body had sustained extensive damage caused by animals, said Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff's Department. Four pit bulls were removed from the property by Placer County animal control officers. Detectives have conducted a thorough investigation and there's nothing to indicate that the dogs were known to be vicious, Ausnow said. That is the element needed to file criminal charges. The case will be turned over to animal control and it will be their duty to determine the fate of the dogs. Animal control officials could not be reached Tuesday for comment. The Journal's Penne Usher can be reached at email@example.com or post a comment below.