PINE GROVE, CA - A loose llama may have been the first indication something bad had happened to a Pine Grove woman and her young daughter.
Thursday, Amador County sheriff's divers found the bodies of 5 year-old Amelia Noelle Arago and her mother, 46-year-old Karen Diane Anderson, in a frozen-over pond on their property at 14130 Spring Canyon Lane.
Emergency responders said there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play on the victims.
According to the sheriff's office, the first call to the property was Monday afternoon when a sheriff's deputy and a county animal control officer responded to a call of a wandering llama. They caught the llama but didn't find anyone home at the property.
Early Tuesday afternoon, a sheriff's deputy made a second call to the home in response to a neighbor's request for a welfare check of the residents. The deputy reported not seeing any one home or anything to arouse suspicion.
Tuesday evening, the sheriff's office took another call from a neighbor who said there was no sign of the Anderson or or daughter and their animals hadn't been tended. The neighbor also said he walked around the land and saw a big hole in the iced-over pond sitting north of Anderson's residence.
The sheriff's department said detectives began investigating the potential disappearance of the residents. Based on what they found, they searched the property and brought a search dog which showed an interest in the pond.
Thursday, additional search and rescue teams and their dogs were brought to the property and again, dogs caught a scent at the pond, according to the sheriff's office. Divers entered the water and found the bodies about 30 feet from shore in eight feet of water. The water temperature was 38 degrees.
The county coroner will autopsy the bodies to determine the cause of death.