Pleasanton police confirm body placed in trash can was a woman

Fingerprints net no identification

Police and the Alameda County Coroner's Office have so far been unable to identify the woman whose body was placed inside a 45-gallon trash can and left on the side of a Pleasanton road.

An autopsy provided some additional details, according to a Pleasanton police news release.

"This morning the Alameda County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy on the body discovered yesterday," the press release stated. "The results of the autopsy have not yielded a positive identification and attempts to identify the body via fingerprints have so far been unsuccessful. The female body is believed to be an adult, however the coroner is unable to determine the age or ethnicity and the cause of death is undetermined."

Investigators determined the woman has dark-colored hair. She was clothed in pajama bottoms and an Old Navy shirt, and wore blue fingernail polish.

The woman's body was found in the trash can last Thursday along the side of the road on Dublin Canyon Road in Pleasanton.

Police received a call at about 11:30 a.m. after someone spotted the plastic trash can on the side of Dublin Canyon Road, not far from its intersection with Laurel Creek Drive, 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."

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. On May 7, a mother and daughter, 37-year-old Amy Freeman Burton and 13-year-old Ainsley Freeman, 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 Witnesses Come Forward
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 25, 2012 at 8:14 am

I'm sure someone saw them bringing the garbage can on BART through the west dublin station.

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Posted by wondering
a resident of Foothill Farms
on May 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

Any other news about the husband of the mother & daughter found dead?

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Posted by peace2012
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

Pleasanton is not a dumping ground for your crime!

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Posted by Benjamin
a resident of Gatewood
on May 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

The above posters should be ashamed of themelves. May God be with the person who.was found and the friends and family when they hear the news that they lost a loved one.

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Posted by AnnaS
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 25, 2012 at 9:08 am

I'm sorry, but maybe we can concentrate on the main topic? Three people, including 13-year-old girl, were murdered during one month in our town. Another victim was killed in a hit-and-run. Do you still feel your children are safe and you can joke about police?

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Posted by Big Burt
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm

My point is that the Pleasanton police expend too much resource on MINOR speeding violations at a time when serious crime in Pleasanton is undergoing a big increase. Sorry that was too deep for folks like Trevor Tooze.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Wasn't someone found hanged on the Ridge somewere very recently as well?

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Posted by CC
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Jeff, are you talking about the suicide that was in Palomares Canyon?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 26, 2012 at 10:37 am

This is horrible beyond words BUT the title of the article is worse - can you please just say "found" instead of "stuffed" - this is someone's child whether they're adult or not. Please have some respect for the victim.

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Posted by Truth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Amazing...we are worried about accurate reporting by using the word stuffed? .....and they change it???? Resident- a word that is accurate should be left as is so the facts can be reported and your gentile little world may be disturbed. This world is cruel...even in Ptown. Perhaps you should honor the poor victim by educating yourself and anyone else who thinks like you. You have the ability to read the news or not...if the story disturbs you don't read it.

If my loved one was stuffed into a garbage can and found I would damn well want it reported a rarely so when the suspect is caught the facts are accurate....who knows and sensitive misguided loser like you may be on the suspects jury. Good luck in life...may your glass dome never be cracked.

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Posted by Rational Reality
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Whether stuffed, crammed, packaged, fitted into ... doesn't it really depend on the size of the trash can and that of the body?

Similarly, was the body found, discovered, espied, located, stumbled upon, bumped into, etc. ... is this not a matter of the intentional state of he/she/they who found, discovered, espied, etc?

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

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