News

Homeless man found dead near I-580 overpass

Coroner withholds ID pending family notification

A homeless man was found dead Monday afternoon in a sleeping bag beneath Interstate 580 near the Hopyard Road exit, according to Pleasanton police.

The man was found by a bicyclist on Zone 7 property known as the Alamo Canal, not far from Johnson Drive; police do not believe foul play was involved.

The bicyclist called police after finding the man, in his late 30s or early 40s, lying dead in a sleeping bag.

The man has been identified by the Alameda County Coroner's Office, but his name and the cause of death are being withheld until his family can be notified.

The bicyclist who found the body told police he had seen the same person, alive, about one week ago.

The man was found in an area that appears to be a homeless encampment. The site is not far from the Pleasanton Hilton Hotel and ClubSport, across Johnson Drive.

A sleeping bag, blankets, coolers, bicycle, guitar, clothing and camping gear are scattered though the area, directly below the highway. Cars and trucks rumble overhead and graffiti marks nearly every flat surface. A bag of garbage lies nearby, along with empty food containers and liquor bottles.

The man is the second homeless person found dead in Pleasanton this year. In February, the body of a man was found down a railroad easement near Case and Valley avenues.

An autopsy in that case ruled there was no foul play. As in the current case, the identity was withheld because the family had not been notified. In that case, police conjectured the man may have been walking toward an encampment somewhere in the area while returning from Raley's on Sunol Boulevard.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation into the current case is asked to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.

Comments

There are no comments yet, please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Moneyball, the Sequel: Billy Beane for President!
By Tom Cushing | 6 comments | 962 views

Spedowfski Announces run for Livermore City Council
By Roz Rogoff | 1 comment | 858 views

Planning the "Pleasanton way"
By Tim Hunt | 8 comments | 809 views

Take Full Advantage of Free Standardized Testing Opportunities
By Elizabeth LaScala | 0 comments | 314 views