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Police Seek Help From Feds to ID Jane Doe Found in Trash Can

Investigators are using every resource available crack the Dublin Canyon case. The case is being considered by America's Most Wanted.

Pleasanton Police have widened the search net in an effort to identify the still unknown woman whose remains were along Dublin Canyon Road.

According to  Lt. Jeff Bretzing, investigators are working with Federal resources in an attempt to get a lead in this case.

"We are working with the Department of Justice and the FBI to look as far as we can and in as many electronic data bases as possible," Bretzing said. "We have sent the evidence from this case to the FBI's Quantico laboratory."

and photos released of the victim's jewelry did not yield any leads. In . However, the analysis will only help if her dental records are in the database says said Bretzing.

Bretzing said that initially, the popular television show, "America's Most Wanted" called to help with the case when they thought the woman may be Sierra LaMar, the 15-year-old missing teen from Morgan Hill.

America's Most Wanted told Patch that covering this case for the show is not totally off the table.

"We are monitoring this case and any developments, however, we are not airing any segments on it at the present," wrote June Kim of America's Most Wanted. "Show producers are looking into the facts of the case so I think it’s fair to say that the show is considering it."

Police were called to the Dublin Canyon site on May 24 after a caller reported a suspicious-looking trash can sitting on the road.

The receptacle in which the woman was discovered matches no municipality, Bretzing said.

Police are attempting to track the container's origin, however, it is a generic type available at many hardware stores, he said.

The Alameda County coroner's bureau , and although the case is being handled as a homicide, no cause or time of death was determined due to the body's decomposition, he said. 

The woman's was likely in her 20s, but her age could span from 18 to 40 years old, police said.

The coroner's office determined the woman was most likely Asian or Hispanic with shoulder-length dark hair, was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed about 130 pounds.

She was found wearing an Old Navy shirt and pajama bottoms. She was also wearing blue fingernail polish, red toenail polish and had three ear piercings in each ear with distinctive earrings. She had no tattoos or other distinctive markings.

The discovery of her body prompted the blog: Body in Trash Can Was Once Someone's Baby Girl and she is now often referred to as the "Pleasanton Jane Doe."

Anyone with information about the case should call Pleasanton police at 925-931-5100.

Reporters Tanya Rose and Susan Schena contributed to this story.



Pleasanton Mom August 30, 2012 at 03:46 PM
I'm so glad you posted an update on this story. I think of her often when I'm on my way home and driving along Dublin Canyon Road. I was hoping they knew who she was and were just waiting on forensic testing, but this unfortunately does not appear to be the case given what is written in this article. I wonder if we flood America's Most Wanted with calls about this case if we can get them to do a story on it. If anyone thinks this might work, let's post their phone number and plead for all readers to call in. I will continue to pray for this girl and her family. Somewhere out there is a family that misses her.
Anneke9 August 30, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Thanks for the update. I, too, think about her when I drive through Dublin Canyon.
Sally R. August 31, 2012 at 05:25 AM
It's about time more steps are being taken to find out who this young woman is. I can not believe her family has not contacted the police in Pleasanton/Dublin. She must not be from around here. I do hope that America's Most Wanted will air this as I am sure it will spark some interest and hopefully bring some information.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Update on this story. Arrest made and victim identified: http://pleasanton.patch.com/articles/murder-victim-found-in-trash-can-identified-as-stockton-woman

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