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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Arrest made in 7-year-old cold case murder of Manpreet Singh

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South Lake Tahoe, CA-  Almost 7 years ago, on August 6th, 2013, an unknown man wearing a face mask walked into US Gasoline Station, at 2470 Lake Tahoe Blvd, shot and killed the clerk, Manpreet Singh of South Lake Tahoe.  

The killer then strolled out the front door and disappeared into the night. The case eventually went cold with no leads. The case was assigned to the El Dorado County Cold Case Task Force, which is a collaboration between the El Dorado County District Attorneys Office, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, California Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Science (BFS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

In July of 2017, the El Dorado District Attorney’s Office posted a video about the Homicide in hopes that new leads would be generated. The video can be seen on the El Dorado District Attorney Office Cold Case Website at: https://www.eldoradocoldcase.com/     

A witness watched the video and contacted investigators in the summer of 2019.  The witness told investigators that 34-year-old Sean Donohoe was responsible for the murder. Sean Donohoe is a current Las Vegas resident and was a former resident of South Lake Tahoe in 2013. 

Investigators followed the new information and worked on the case extensively since receiving the lead. California DOJ BFS compared DNA evidence collected from the investigation and Sean Donohoe matched that evidence. The El Dorado County Cold Case Task Force traveled extensively to interview the involved parties. Today, with the help of the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Sean Donohoe was arrested for the Murder of Manpreet Singh. 

If you have information on the Murder of Manpreet Singh please contact Det. Herminghaus, SLTPD Jherminghaus@cityofslt.us 530-542-6133, or the Cold Case Taskforce at Coldcasetaskforce@edcgov.us  530-621-4590.