Video: Deputies seek person seen at Lake Tahoe home where 70-year-old man was killed, his wife wounded

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HOMEWOOD, Calif. (KTXL) — Police around Lake Tahoe are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who they believe may be connected to the death of a 70-year-old man.

A source close to the family of the victim told FOX40 the man’s wife was also shot inside the home.

The person was seen on surveillance video walking around the resident’s multimillion-dollar Homewood property before and after the time police believe the man was killed.

Placer County Sheriff’s deputies say they received a 911 call from the home Saturday night.

“Which was open on the other end, meaning we heard no sounds of distress or any indications anybody was on the other end,” said Lt. Nelson Resendes.

Emergency crews went to the home and found 70-year-old Robert Gary Spohr dead with a single gunshot wound.

FOX40 learned from the source that his wife, Wendy Wood, was also found inside the home with gunshot wounds. She was alive but unresponsive and has not been awake since.

Soon, detectives searched the home’s surveillance system and found a hooded man who had been walking around the property hours before the attack.

“To our knowledge that’s the only person that was there,” Lt. Resendes said. “We think this person may be involved, although we’re not sure. We’re considering this person a person of interest at this time, and we just want to speak to him and we want to know what happened.”

Detectives did not find signs of forced entry and it’s unclear if the Spohr family knew the man or not. 

“We see him approach on foot, left on foot. We don’t have an associated vehicle as of yet. He must have parked nearby,” Resendes said.

Video posted Thursday afternoon by the sheriff’s office shows the same man casually walking along the lake’s nearby shoreline before he was seen running in front of the home.

“And what makes this so mysterious is that we did not recover a gun from the scene,” the lieutenant continued.

The source close to the family told FOX40 Spohr and Wood were larger than life and lived at the home for decades. Both used to own a printing business in Sacramento. They also developed and owned hundreds of apartments in the Seattle area.

The couple’s daughter sent a statement to FOX40 Thursday, which reads in part:

Although the Sheriff’s press release did not include information on my mother’s devastating injuries, my family is equally devastated by our inability to talk to my unresponsive mother, who was shot in the brain. 

We are horrified. We could have never imagined something like this could happen to our parents. We are desperate to find justice for them. 

Adrienne Spohr, Daughter of Robert Gary Spohr and Wendy Wood

But family members also told FOX40 they have no idea who would try to kill them.

Meanwhile, both neighbors and sheriff’s deputies said this type of homicide is extremely rare for this part of Lake Tahoe.

“This is really quite the whodunit in a very nice part of the area,” Resendes said.

Detectives and the family are asking for the public’s help in discovering more videos of the person of interest from Saturday night. 

Anyone with information may call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 530-889-7853.

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