UPDATE: Woman's Body Was in Trash Can, According to News Reports

Pleasanton Police and the Alameda County Sheriff's Department are investigating the discovery of what's being called a female homicide victim.

Updated 6:48 a.m.: The remains of a person found inside a trash can in The Preserve neighborhood were of a woman, according to a report on KTVU Friday morning.

In the report, KTVU said police confirmed the body was female and said they believe she was a homicide victim.

Police discovered the body around 11 a.m. Thursday after a caller reported that a 45-gallon trash can looked suspicious sitting out in the middle of Dublin Canyon Road.

The Alameda County coroner's bureau plans to perform an autopsy on
the body Friday morning, coroner's officials said.

Onlookers saw what appeared to be a body shrouded in a white sheet being removed by the coroner's office around 3 p.m.

The body, which looked to be that of an adult, was wheeled on a gurney into a van.

shut down part of Dublin Canyon Road as part of the apparent criminal investigation. The Alameda County Sheriff's Department crime lab was at the scene, which was on Laurel Creek Drive and Dublin Canyon Road near The Preserve, a neighborhood in the west part of the city. The trash can was in front of a bank of trees on Dublin Canyon; further back is a single house with a horse corral.

The area teemed with media crews late Thursday afternoon — several television news vans camped in the area while at least three news helicopters buzzed loudly overhead.

Lt. Jeff Bretzing of Pleasanton Police said Thursday said no other agencies are involved with the investigation — just Pleasanton police and Alameda County agencies so far.

Reporters specifically asked if the Morgan Hill Police Department or Santa Clara County Sheriff were involved, which would indicate that the remains could be those of Sierra LaMar, a 15-year-old girl police say was kidnapped and slain. But Bretzing said no.

The trash can, which was turned over on the roadway and visible from behind the police tape, did not look to be the same type of city-issued trash bin residents in the area use.

Police descended on the area of the 11000 block of Dublin Canyon Road around 11 a.m. after the caller said the trash can looked out of place.

"We investigate everything in Pleasanton," Bretzing said.

The regular trash day in the neighborhood is Tuesday, according to neighbors.

 Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call
Pleasanton police at (925) 931-5100.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Reach Patch Editor Tanya Rose at tanya.rose@patch.com

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Johnny C. May 25, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Well I hope it brings peace and closure to someone's family ! God bless the victim and their family.
VP Cheney May 25, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Agreed! If this is Sierra I hope this helps to get the conviction of the person involved.
Sue May 25, 2012 at 02:32 AM
sad for to whoever it is but the thing I don't understand, the REMAINS were found in a 45 gallon trash can YET early onlookers said they saw a body shrouded in white sheet being wheeled on a gurney into a van. why would they take the remains out of the can anbody/remains found inside a trash can-they would just take the entire can rather then put the remains onto a gurney.
Tanya Rose May 25, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Sue - not sure, but this is what happened. What was under that sheet went right into the county coroner van. And the trash can was lying in the street after this.
Cherry May 25, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Pleasanton Mom May 25, 2012 at 04:09 AM
So very sad. May the victim rest in peace and I can only pray that the family of the victim, whoever it ends up being, finds some peace in their loved one's remains being located. :(
Kaitlin Rumsfield May 25, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Ummmmm I am sure they did not "leave the trash can in the street" as you stated...it would have been taken as evidence. A reporter you are...CSI you are not.
Pleasanton Mom May 25, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Just an FYI that KTVU is reporting that police have now confirmed the remains are that of a female. I know many people are thinking of Sierra LaMar, but if this trash can was out of place, I'm thinking it might have been discovered before now if it was her since she's been missing since March. I don't even know what to say about this stuff anymore. The only thing I hope is that her family and Michelle Le's family know that their loved one's resting place was a beautiful area and in a wonderful and peaceful community. RIP.
Tanya Rose May 25, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Kaitlin - it was out in the street as the scene was being processed. And you are right, they took it as evidence before leaving the scene. Those of us who gathered there and watched them process everything could see the trash can lying in the street - presumably where it was found. Sorry for not being more clear! Lisa - thanks for the update!
Pleasanton Mom May 25, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Tanya: I didn't realize the trash can was in the middle of the street. It was obviously just dumped there and they say they have the guy that killed Sierra LaMar in custody. Are there any other local missing girls or women. This just breaks my heart.
Tanya Rose May 25, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Not that we can figure out! That's what's so strange about this. Hopefully it'll all make more sense soon.
Longtime Resident May 25, 2012 at 09:41 AM
A pathologist isn't going to examine the garbage can and has no use for it while doing the autopsy. A criminalist will examine it and depending on the decomposition, you absolutely wouldn't want to lay a garbage can containing a body on its side in a van.
Chuck Bierdeman May 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM
"What was under that sheet went right into the county coroner van. And the trash can was lying in the street after this." Tanya’s statement informs me that the trash can was lying in the street after whatever was under the sheet was loaded into the coroners van. This is quite clear. It did not indicate that the police left it there after collecting all of their evidence. Kaitlin, while you may not have understood Tanya's statement, there is no need to get hostile over it.
cparenti May 25, 2012 at 03:35 PM
who cares where the trash can was or why they didn't take it or why they left it in the street!! A woman was killed! seems like you people care more about the trash can than the fact that a person died!!
Tracy Schlereth May 25, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Leaving a trash can in the street just begs to be found. Whoever murdered this lady either is taunting the police, or was almost caught trying to dump her body in the woods. either way, I'm glad she was found so quickly. I can't imagine never finding the body of a loved one
Tanya Rose May 25, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Hey guys - just posted a new story: http://pleasanton.patch.com/articles/body-found-in-trash-can-is-woman-not-sierra-lamar
Local May 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
This is incredibly scary and really sad. I am very eager to find out the identity of this woman. I just don't get why murderers enjoy their craft so much. Killing people's loved ones. They're monsters. And they get sent to prison where they're fed 3 square meals a day, provided toiletries and showers and television and RIGHTS... I'm sorry, I just don't think these monsters should be treated to any of those luxuries. Let them starve to death. Make them suffer like their victims and the victims' families.
Tanya Rose May 25, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Hey all - I just talked to the coroner's office this morning and they said they SHOULD have results from the autopsy later this afternoon. Sometimes they say that and it doesn't happen, but I'll be checking with them! Stay tuned!
Jennifer Silva May 25, 2012 at 07:15 PM
The can is part of the crime scene. It will remain there until it is processed.
Robert Bosch May 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Sorry "S", but that would make you no better than these "monsters". How would you like to be thrown in a cell to suffer and starve to death? Let us hope that this is Sierra Lemar so that her family can have closing and move on.


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