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Skeletal remains found in abandoned Point building

Submitted by on 1, October 13, 2009 – 8:25 am2 Comments

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Updated 11:09 a.m. Tuesday, October 13

Police are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains found by a transient in an abandoned apartment complex at Alameda Point.

Alameda Police Lt. Bill Scott said the man had been looking for scrap metal in the abandoned, fenced off apartments at the corner of Orion Street and West Tower Road when he found the remains, in a second floor unit.

Scott said the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau took custody of the remains and that an autopsy is to be performed today. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the Bureau was attempting to contact possible next of kin. They said there was no evidence of foul play.

Scott said that judging from their condition, the remains may have been in the building for a year or more. And he said police are looking to see if the remains are connected to any of their missing persons cases.

“We’re looking hard at that,” he said.

Scott said the police investigation into the case is being hampered by the poor condition of the building.

“It’s very dilapidated,” he said.

The Mercury News reported that the remains were intact and that officers with the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau were working to contact family members this morning.

“We believe there may be a possible tentative name for him, but we only have information to lead to us to do a dental comparison, which may take few days, or a DNA test, which could take a few weeks,” Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Damon Wilson told the Mercury News.

More to come.

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