Body found at Altamont Landfill identified; circumstances still unclear

Hayward woman hadn't been in contact with family for weeks

Authorities have confirmed the identity of a woman whose decomposing body was discovered New Year's Eve at a Waste Management landfill in unincorporated Alameda County east of Livermore, sheriff's officials said.

The body of 23-year-old Karina Banta of Hayward was found Monday afternoon at the landfill at 10480 Altamont Pass Road.

Sheriff's officials first considered the death suspicious and still do. The cause of her death is now listed as undetermined pending a toxicology report.

An autopsy conducted Thursday morning did not show any traumatic injuries that would suggest someone killed her.

Sheriff's officials said Banta had a history of challenges surrounding mental health, substance abuse and homelessness.

According to sheriff's officials, she had not been in touch with her family since November and deputies do not know where she was or who she was with shortly before she died.

Sheriff's officials are asking for help with that information. They believe Banta spent most of her time in the Hayward area, but may have spent significant time in other cities in and near western and central Alameda County.

They are hoping with help they can determine when Banta was last seen alive and where exactly she died. Her family is hoping for that information too.

Anyone who can help is asked to call the sheriff's office at 510-667-7721. Someone is there 24 hours a day and callers can remain anonymous.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Brian Dunkel
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jan 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm

Our warm regards and prayers of comfort to those who knew and loved Karina. No one's daughter or friend should end up in a landfill. Thankfully, from what the article states, she didn't die due to trauma. It sounds like she wrestled with many issues in this life. May she now be in peace and in His loving arms.
For those that know others struggling with mental health and or drug issues, know that there are others who care and that there is help.

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