UPDATED: Autopsy Results Fail to Identify Woman Found in Trash Can

The Alameda County coroner was unable to determine cause of death, age and ethnicity, but police reveal more description: dark hair, wearing pajama bottoms and an Old Navy shirt.

Updated 4:15 p.m.:  say that a woman found dead in a trash can Thursday has dark-colored hair and was dressed in pajama bottoms, an Old Navy shirt and was wearing blue fingernail polish.

However, autopsy results were inconclusive. Attempts to identify her through fingerprints have not worked, and though the victim is believed to be an adult, the Alameda County coroner has not been able to determine an age, ethnicity or cause of death, Lt. Jeff Bretzing said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Detectives were present during the Friday morning autopsy and based on the physical characteristics they saw, they they do not believe this victim to be Sierra LaMar, the 15-year-old missing teen from Morgan Hill.

"There are a lot of rumors floating around, but what I can say is that this is not the body of a child," Bretzing said.

"That's as close to age as I can get."

He also said that the body has decomposed, but couldn't say how much. There are still a lot of questions about how long the trash can had been sitting there with the victim inside, and how long she had been dead before police found her.

Bretzing said the department has been combing through missing persons reports, and that so far, no one matches the Pleasanton victim.

"We don't know if she was killed here or if she was killed somewhere else and left here," he said.

Police  after a resident walking by reported that a 45-gallon trash can looked suspicious sitting adjacent to Dublin Canyon Road, at Laurel Creek Drive near The Preserve, a neighborhood in the west part of the city.

The trash can was in front of a bank of trees on Dublin Canyon; further back is a single house with a horse corral.

There have been reports that the can was out in the street, but Bretzing said on Friday that it was stuck back in some foliage, looking out of place. He said detectives are interviewing neighbors to try to figure out how long it had been there.

Bretzing said police responded to the call about the trash bin, and officers looked inside and found the victim.

A crowd gathered at the scene Thursday saw what appeared to be a body shrouded in a white sheet being removed by the coroner's office around 3 p.m.

Bretzing said no other agencies are involved with the investigation — just Pleasanton police and Alameda County agencies so far.

Pleasanton police detectives will continue to follow up all leads in an attempt to identify the woman and the circumstances surrounding her death, Bretzing said.

There will likely be no more updates on the case until next Tuesday or Wednesday, police said.

This is a well-traveled roadway and anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100.

For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page on Gilroy Patch.

G. Layton May 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Too vague from police. " We do not BELIEVE it is Sierra". What about, a point blank comment, "This is not the body of Sierra" they won't say that. Also the continual searches in the water tells us that they know she was dumped in the water, maybe someone saw something and police aren't saying. So, whos' missing in the area that the woman's remains were found or Whos just plain "missing" ? we know Sierra i s.
triple@family May 30, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Corinne Speckert May 30, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I just checked in, and there are not any updates. New info could come in any time today, and I'll post something as soon as I hear back. Hopefully we'll hear back today.
G. Layton May 31, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Corinne, too quiet, but police were quiet for a month as they surveiled the monster that took her. I'm pretty amazed they have not given a definite comment about the body in the trash can. When the FBI is involved DNA is a priority. What's the stall I wonder?
Corinne Speckert May 31, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Ok everyone, here's an update: http://gilroy.patch.com/articles/pleasanton-police-to-release-sketch-of-slain-woman-a2925d36 Unfortunately, there isn't much new information. The coroner's office is still trying to identify the body. However, they will be releasing a sketch of the victim within the next few days in hope that the public can help identify her.


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