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Pleasanton: Little known as investigation continues into decomposing body found near trail

Decedent still unidentified as autopsy pending

Authorities are continuing to investigate after a decomposing body was discovered near the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail in southwestern Pleasanton last week.

The male decedent, whose remains were found on Sept. 3, had not been identified as Wednesday morning and a full autopsy was still pending, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Erik Silacci.

The lieutenant said the degree of decomposition made it appear the body could have been there for multiple weeks or more. "This person had been out there for some time," Silacci told the Weekly.

The initial discovery was made around 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3, after the Pleasanton Police Department received a report about a body near the eastern portion of the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail, east of Interstate 680.

The decomposing body was located in a brush area a number of yards away from the trail path, according to Silacci. "It was not visible from the trail. You would have to wander off this trail a little bit," the lieutenant said of the location.

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Officers responded minutes after the call and confirmed that the person -- who was male -- was deceased, according to Silacci.

Detectives are also still trying to determine the circumstances of the death. PPD's criminal investigations unit remained at the scene through last Friday morning, and has been receiving assistance from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office crime lab and coroner's bureau, according to Silacci.

Silacci told the Weekly on Wednesday that many key questions were still pending, including the victim's identity, his cause of death and how long he'd been dead before his body was discovered. A full autopsy was scheduled for later this week. The full coroner's report should shed more light on the death, according to the lieutenant.

Nothing has been ruled out as a potential factor, including foul play, at this stage in the investigation, Silacci said.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Silacci at 925-931-5100. Reference case No. 20-28577.

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Pleasanton: Little known as investigation continues into decomposing body found near trail

Decedent still unidentified as autopsy pending

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Sep 9, 2020, 6:11 pm

Authorities are continuing to investigate after a decomposing body was discovered near the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail in southwestern Pleasanton last week.

The male decedent, whose remains were found on Sept. 3, had not been identified as Wednesday morning and a full autopsy was still pending, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Erik Silacci.

The lieutenant said the degree of decomposition made it appear the body could have been there for multiple weeks or more. "This person had been out there for some time," Silacci told the Weekly.

The initial discovery was made around 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3, after the Pleasanton Police Department received a report about a body near the eastern portion of the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail, east of Interstate 680.

The decomposing body was located in a brush area a number of yards away from the trail path, according to Silacci. "It was not visible from the trail. You would have to wander off this trail a little bit," the lieutenant said of the location.

Officers responded minutes after the call and confirmed that the person -- who was male -- was deceased, according to Silacci.

Detectives are also still trying to determine the circumstances of the death. PPD's criminal investigations unit remained at the scene through last Friday morning, and has been receiving assistance from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office crime lab and coroner's bureau, according to Silacci.

Silacci told the Weekly on Wednesday that many key questions were still pending, including the victim's identity, his cause of death and how long he'd been dead before his body was discovered. A full autopsy was scheduled for later this week. The full coroner's report should shed more light on the death, according to the lieutenant.

Nothing has been ruled out as a potential factor, including foul play, at this stage in the investigation, Silacci said.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Silacci at 925-931-5100. Reference case No. 20-28577.

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