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Police close search for missing Alameda woman

Submitted by on 1, February 1, 2010 – 5:55 amNo Comment

Alameda police have ended their search for Katherine Truitt, who went missing on January 7 after telling a roommate she was going for a hike.

Police believe Truitt, 37, fell victim to the waves or became landlocked as she conducted a solo hike along the remote McClures Beach at Point Reyes. Alameda Police Sgt. Pat Wyeth said there were no signs of foul play in connection with Truitt’s disappearance.

Wyeth said that tracking dogs following Truitt’s scent led search teams to the beach and that her scent disappeared from there. “There’s no indication she left the beach,” Wyeth said.

A park ranger spotted Truitt’s pickup truck in a parking lot near the beach on January 8 and 9, and rescue teams searched in vain for her that weekend. Witnesses described what they felt were unsafe tide conditions and waves, Wyeth said.

The Alameda Journal’s Peter Hegarty reported that Truitt’s friends were planning to gather Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Basilica to remember her and to pray for her safe return. Missing person posters describing the 6-foot-tall, 145-pound woman are still visible in shop windows all over town.

Hegarty reported that anyone with information on Truitt can call Alameda police at 337-8340.

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