Trash Can Body Update: Police Release Sketch, More Details on Victim

Authorities say victim was mostly likely Asian or Hispanic, between 20 and 40 years of age

investigators have released a sketch of a woman whose body was on May 24.

Investigators say the coroner's office has determined the woman was most likely Asian or Hispanic and between 20 and 40 years old.

They also say the woman had 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 cause of her death has not been determined. Investigators say the body was intact and was not in a bag when it was found. Authorities still don't know how long the woman had been dead.

Investigators were able to get fingerprints from the body, but those prints don't match anything on file.

"If we can figure out who she is, then we start tracking a suspect," said Pleasanton Police Lt. Jeff Bretzing.

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

Justme June 06, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Sure resembles Sierra ?
Kari Hulac (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I'm glad to see a face to this story. This was a person, a real live person left dead in a garbage can. And seeing the jewelry even drives the point home more. Sad.
Maria Pia June 07, 2012 at 12:27 AM
http://oag.ca.gov/sites/oag.ca.gov/files/missing/bulletins/Final%202012%201st%20QB.pdf? California Missing Persons
Local June 07, 2012 at 12:47 AM
EERIE and sad. I hope they identify this poor girl soon.
Dan Perez June 07, 2012 at 01:57 AM
How awful. What kind of person can do this to another person? I'm curious why her identity is still unknown after 11 days. No missing person reports to cross check?
Autumn Johnson (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Dan, her fingerprints are not getting any hits on databases. If she had never had a job that needed fingerprints or had never been arrested then it is unlikely her prints would be on file. Pleasanton Police have been checking missing person reports but nothing has been a match yet. If she is from out of the country it will take time to track down her identity. Justme: Pleasanton Police have said that the woman is not Sierra. I hope the sketch brings a name to her face soon. It is a very sad case, indeed.
Pleasanton Mom June 07, 2012 at 06:24 AM
It's on Facebook now. A page called "seeking the lost" picked it up and posted the sketch, photos of the earrings and the details in this article. Hopefully it will help drive dome national exposure from their post. Some comments that make sense are that multiple piercings is something many Hispanics do which as one I can say is true. They are also saying she could be here illegally which is why she hadn't reported missing and there's no record of her. Even if this is the case, who cares. The woman deserves to rest in peace surrounded by loved ones as she is buried. If this is true, I pray the family will come forward without facing prosecution or deportation. RIP PLEASANTON JANE DOE.
Kevin Gove June 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Referring to this woman as "trash can body" in the headline to this sad story is a little insensitive and offensive to me. This woman was someone's daughter, possibly sister or mom. I might suggest Jan Doe.
Anneke9 June 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Strikes me as being very similar to the case of the Castro Valley Jane Doe, Ysenia Nungaray. Very sad.
TrueRealist June 07, 2012 at 04:36 PM
How is it offensive? That's all they really know at this point. It's a body in a trash can. Unfortunately that's the reality of it.
Styler June 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM
If they had a name then it would be used, all that they have is a woman's body in a trash can. Should they call her multiple piercing body??? If we called everyone JanE Doe that was unidentified, how would we know which case they were talking about???
Marie June 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Yes this is very sad. Also, you would think they could come up with something a little better than "trash can body". I am sure we could still figure it out if they said Jane Doe that was found in a trash can on blah blah blah...I think it is very rude from someone to suggest Multiple piercing girl...Or maybe if she had tatoos trashy tatoo girl... Have some sensitivity people
Livermore Resident June 07, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Patch commenters don't know how to be sensitive....especially hiding behind their screen names.
Kevin Gove June 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
How is this offensive? To me it offends my sensibility of kindness and it continues the dehumanization this poor woman endured. Nobody should be killed then dumped into a trash can. And referring to a murdered unidentified woman as Jane Doe seems more appropriate, and sensitive.
Renae Wilber June 07, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I don't think the intent was to be insensitive, and they have to keep the heading brief. The more people they can get to read it, the more likely she will be identified...I clicked on it because it referenced the girl found in the trash can -- otherwise I wouldn't have known and probably wouldn't have read it. It's unfortunate, but that's all they have to go on right now.
Kari Hulac (Editor) June 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I think you have a good point Kevin. We will adopt a Jane Doe approach moving forward.
S Marie June 08, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Someday, she will be "found". God bless.
Melanie June 08, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I agree moving toward a more humanizing term for her like Pleasanton Jane Doe makes more sense to me. If some people must add trash can to know what case was being referred to you could say "Pleasanton Jane Doe, who was found in a trash can". I hope Pleasanton PD takes as much care and interest in this girls case as Alameda County Sheriff's office did in the Castro Valley Jane Doe case. Seems to me they are so similar they may be related anyways.
SteveKramer June 08, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I wonder if facial recognition software run on facebook photos would produce a match.
ptowngrown June 09, 2012 at 07:26 AM
I think that the footprints that have the purple birth stone color can mean that maybe she had a baby?? I wonder if the autopsy can find that type of information. In regards to her being fingerprinted for a drivers license...maybe she doesn't have a DL. I didn't get mine until I was 18, and I know a few people in there twenties (even one in her thirties), that still don't have a DL.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) June 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
ptowngrown, thanks for the comment. I did ask Pleasanton Police if the coroner had been able to determine if she had ever had a baby but the Lieutenant said they were not able to make a determination one way or the other about her being a mother.
Sally R. June 11, 2012 at 04:44 AM
It's so surprising to me that no one has come looking for her. How can it be that she hasn't been missed? Her family must be terrified that she's not home. We need to find out who she is so her family can be at peace.
Robert Bosch June 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
says the woman who put an h in Nicole
Kari Hulac (Editor) June 13, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I created a Facebook page to help get some awareness out there: http://www.facebook.com/PleasantonJaneDoe
weavermomo July 20, 2012 at 03:36 AM
There are too many Jane Does, she will blend in with all the rest that have been forgotten, the way she was found makes her stand out which is good in that sense. Yes, it is terribly sad & degrading but it is what happened. Obviously, no one has claimed knowing her so so much for her being someone's sister or whatever. I think she is from out of the country, probably illegal. Tiz is why it is so mysterious. Weird that not a soul recognized her. Be it in a trash can or whatever, at least people will remember hopefully and it will get her recognized, whatever it takes.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 01:45 PM
If you are following this case, here is an update: http://patch.com/A-xwwQ
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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