Police release sketches of woman found in trash can

Anyone recognizing her is asked to contact them

Drawings made by a sketch artist were released Wednesday as Pleasanton police try to determine the identity of the woman found in a trash can adjacent to the roadway on the 11000 block of Dublin Canyon Road in Pleasanton on May 24.

An autopsy completed by the Alameda County Coroner's Office cannot determine the exact time or cause of death, police said.

The coroner determined the woman had shoulder-length dark hair, was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed about 130 pounds, police said. She was found wearing an Old Navy shirt and pajama bottoms.

A forensic anthropologist has determined the age range of the woman to be between her mid-20s and 40 years of age, according to reports. Her ethnicity is believed to be either Asian or Hispanic, although it is also possible that she is Caucasian with Asian traits or Native American.

The deceased was found wearing blue fingernail polish, red toenail polish, and she had three ear piercings in each ear. She has no tattoos or distinctive markings.

Anyone recognizing the woman is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 931-5100.

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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Posted by Reminds Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Does this remind anyone else of the Castro Valley Jane Doe case?

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Maybe they don't have the correct suspect or he is not even in Mexico?

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Posted by Good information
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

It's good to see this information coming forward, as surely there is someone out there somewhere waiting to hear what has happened to a loved one. Busy times for our Pleasanton Police Department. Do you know whether there has been any further information on the mother-daughter shooting case? Are the Pleasanton Police calling in additional forensic experts to augment their expertise in this area? It seems that some of these cases might be beyond the normal day-to-day scope for Pleasanton's training, and that the outside experts might be able to assist. It's been almost a month, and it seems no new evidence would suddenly surface to crystalize the findings.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

I too immediately thought of the Castro Valley Jane Doe case. At least that woman was identified. Was her killer every caught? If not, maybe it is the same guy!

Pleasanton suddenly has a number of unusual cases to investigate. The idea of getting forensic experts or some other kind of experts to help our local police sounds good to me. Can we afford it?

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Posted by wondering
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jun 7, 2012 at 10:48 am

I am happy to hear there is an active investigation in this case. WHY WHY WHY don't we have more coverage and information on this case in the media? Also, the murder/ suicide hasn't been reported much either. Why not?

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Posted by Jane Doe
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

The Jane Doe case was featured on the news last night on at least two stations, channel 2 and 4, broadcast from PPD. They showed the sketch and the unique earrings she was wearing. There's also an article about the case in the Times today. Hopefully someone who knew her will come forward.

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Posted by Concerened
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I was glad to see that when you click on the pictures on the left it comes up bigger. Those earrings are unique. I am sure her family, if they are looking at this, will identify her by them. her friends as well. Very sad and obviously a young woman by the type of clothing she chose to wear and the style of the jewelry. Maybe Terry can help...

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