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.