Police hope for information in two May death cases

Lab results awaited in one, looking for tip in second

Police are still waiting on information on two recent Pleasanton death cases.

In the first, which occurred on May 7, 37-year-old Amy Freeman Burton and her 13-year-old daughter Ainsley Freeman, were found with fatal wounds at their home on the 3200 block of Stacey Court.

The autopsy done in that case yielded little to resolve the case, although preliminary results indicated that 13-year-old 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.

The police department has been promised by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office crime lab each week since the incident that results would be coming soon, according to police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber.

Freeman and her mother were each shot shot once in the head, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office. Police have not released the type of pistol involved. Neither of the two guns found at the home is registered, according to a Pleasanton Police news release, but one was located in the general area of the two victims

Police are awaiting a lead to break the case of a woman whose body was found May 24 inside a trash can in a wooded area on Dublin Canyon Road, not far from its intersection with Laurel Creek Drive. So far, none of the tips received by police have yielded any results, Schlehuber said.

"At this point, we've got tons of leads, but none of them have panned out," Schlehuber said, adding the department has been combing through missing persons cases without luck.

"We've asked the DOJ to help us out," he said. "They've got a broader range of resources."

The autopsy could not 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 determined the woman to be between her mid-20s and 40 years of age, according to police. She is believed to be either Asian or Hispanic, although it is also possible that she is Caucasian with Asian traits or Native American.

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

Schlehuber said police hope the distinctive earrings will break the case.

"I would hope that someone would recognize those, along with the composite sketch," he said. "I know the community is really concerned about this. We just want to get the information out."


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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

Seems like the Pleasanton PD is blaming the Alameda Counry Sheriff's Office for taking so long. Nice blame game!

"The police department has been promised by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office crime lab each week since the incident that results would be coming soon, according to police Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber."

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

There asking Eric Holders' Department of Justice to get involved. Oh boy, if we needed any additional evedence that the union was involved this is it. Crime ------> Union Involvment ------> Obama sending Holder in to "SAVE the DAY". What more evedence is needed? We live in a union controlled city, sheltered by a union controlled police force, on a leesh of the union controlled "Justice" department. I voted for Obama the first time, but only some idiot would vote for him a second.

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Posted by Melanie
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

Maybe the Alameda County Sheriff should completely take over the Jane Doe case.

I think the Sheriff did a great job with the Castro Valley Jane Doe case. They dug and dug, kept it in the media, even went to Mexico to find out who she was and what happened to her. I get the sense that Pleasanton PD is not treating this case as close their hearts as Alameda County did in the CV case. The cases also look so similar.

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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

After careful mathematical formulation I can tell you that our general economic malaise is contributing to the lethargy of the Ptown Police Dept. If it wasn't ensconced behind a floodbreak to protect it against firings and lay-offs, these guys and gals in blue would be doing a much better job. Instead, they loaf while the sea level goes up and up and up. We'll all be drowning if this public worker entitlement class is allowed to lord over us with their huge salaries and pensions.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Wow Melanie. You did a perfect job of articulating what I've been thinking. I saw a program that told the Castro valley Jane Doe story and the investigators that handled it like it was their own daughter. I really hope Pleasanton police does turn it over. As a resident of Pleasanton for over thirty years I don't think it's a bad thing that they likely lack the experience to handle a murder investigation. If I'm not mistaken, the sheriff also solved the castlewood murder case too.

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