Body found stuffed into trash can, left along Dublin Canyon Road

Police: 'Nothing like this has ever happened here before'

A body was found stuffed into trash can this morning, according to Pleasanton police who are investigating the discovery.

Police received a call to a 45-gallon plastic trash can that had been left along the side of the road on Dublin Canyon Road, not far from Laurel Creek Drive at about 11 a.m. according to police Lt. Jeff Bretzing.

"Officers discovered inside the can what appear to be human remains," Bretzing said, adding the can was adjacent to the road. "We don't know how long it's been there."

Police could not immediately confirm any information about the sex, age or race of the victim. However, the body has been determined to have long hair and painted fingernails and is likely to be that of a woman, published reports confirmed,

The Alameda County Coroner's Office has taken custody of the body, and police were awaiting a preliminary report from the coroner office.

The territory is nominally the jurisdiction of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, but Bretzing said Pleasanton police will remain the lead agency in the investigation.

"Nothing like this has ever happened here before," he said of the discovery.

This could be the second Pleasanton homicide inside a month. Om May 7, a mother and daughter, 37-year-old Amy Freeman Burton and 13-year-old Ainsley Freeman, who were found with fatal wounds at their home in the 3200 block of Stacey Court.

Preliminary results indicate that Ainsley Freeman did not shoot herself. The coroner's report said it was "unclear" whether 37-year-old Amy Freeman Burton's wound was self inflicted, adding, "that is not being ruled out."

Bullets recovered from both victims are consistent with those found in the handgun that was located near the two, one of two unregistered pistols found in a search of the home Monday night.

Police have said they are still awaiting lab results in that case.


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Posted by Frank
a resident of Del Prado
on May 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm

If they are human remains it doesnt neccesarily mean the murder occured in Pleasanton. it may have been dumped there. I am waiting for Steven to claim the murderer brought the 45 gal garbage can here on BART and dumped it on the road.

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Posted by PTown Resident
a resident of Bridle Creek
on May 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Well played Frank, well played.

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Posted by jenny
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on May 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Please no jokes guys. This is super sad. Someone's daughter, sister, maybe mother is dead. Let Steven say what he wants since we all know what he's about. But the rest of us should show some respect for the life that was lost whether the murder occurred here or somewhere else.

Other than Sierra LaMar, is anyone aware of any other local missing women?

RIP whoever you are.

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Posted by ??
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Jenny, how do it know it is a woman? I thought they didn't know anything yet?

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Posted by Melanie
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I don't know of any missing women, however most do not make the news I am sure. Whoever she may be though I wish, comfort for her family..very sad situation.

@?? - If you get your news from sources other than PW you would also know as Jenny does that the confirmed homicide victim is a woman (noted not the size of a child), there is an autopsy scheduled for tomorrow, and that they have a good finger print from her already.

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Posted by ??
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Wow Melanie... thanks for the kind words. Ask a non-judgemental question and get a nasty answer. I looked on a few news websites, but not all report the same news at exactly the same time. FYI..... I DO NOT Rely on the PW for my only news. Get over your self importance.

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This gives me the chills... I have a daughter the same age as Sierra and I cannot imagine (or evene want to know) the pain the family is going through. My prayers go out to the Lamar family, as well as the family of this victim.

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Posted by Stan
a resident of California Reflections
on May 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

The work of those bikers again. We allow them on Main St and one thing leads to another.

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Posted by sandy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 26, 2012 at 5:51 am

What bikers are you talking about?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

Please remove the word "stuffed" in the article title - show some respect to the victim and change it to "found"....thank you.

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