Homewood, CA

Unsolved Homicide in Homewood 2021: Family Offers $150,000 Reward for Information

Amancay Tapia

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On Saturday, June 5, 2021, an unknown man entered the idyllic home of college sweethearts Wendy Wood and Robert Gary Spohr. He murdered Gary and attempted to murder Wendy, who later took her own life as she could not cope with the pain of losing her beloved husband, with whom she had spent the last 50 years.

According to the family's website created to find the shooter, they have gathered some details about the incident so far. The shooter seems to have traveled on foot in the bike lane along West Lake Blvd on June 5, 2021. He traveled southbound on West Lake Blvd from Tahoe City to Homewood between 3:30-5:30 p.m. Additionally, he traveled northbound on West Lake Blvd from Homewood to Tahoe City between 8:30-10:30 p.m. on the same day.

The surveillance video below shows what officials believe to be a man walking up the driveway in the afternoon before 5:30 p.m.

If anyone was in the area that day and has camera footage or information about this individual, please provide it to the Placer County Sheriff. The family suspects that the shooter may have been near William Kent Beach and the Sunnyside Restaurant before and after the shooting. Therefore, if you were at any of the well-known locations in the area, such as the West Shore Market, Lake Tahoe Park Association, William Kent Beach, or the Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge, between 3:30-5:00 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 5, 2021, any photos or videos you have may help solve this case and bring justice for Gary and Wendy.

A reward will be paid upon the successful conviction of the person or persons responsible. The reward will be given once the District Attorney confirms the suspect(s)' conviction and the investigating law enforcement agency verifies that the tip provided helped lead to the identification and conviction of the suspect(s). The rewards can be split depending on the information provided and the disposition of all tips received by law enforcement.

All tips must be provided to Placer County Sheriff at 530 – 889 – 7853 or via email to jcmartin@placer.ca.gov.

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