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Alameda County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday said the woman found dead in a Livermore landfill was 23-year-old Karina Banta of Hayward, and they’re asking for the public’s help in piecing together her final days.
Banta struggled with substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness, officials said. The last time she was in contact with her family was in November.
“It is unknown where and who she was last seen with prior to her death,” a statement from the Alameda County sheriff’s office said on Thursday night. “We need assistance in filling in that timeline and answering some questions.”
Officials say she may have been dead for weeks. An autopsy showed the cause of death as “undetermined” and toxicology results will be available in a few weeks. There was no signs of trauma or foul play.
Waste Management workers found Banta’s body at the landfill on New Year’s Eve, after she was transported by garbage trucks from the western side of Alameda County, officials said.
Alameda County sheriff’s investigators said they believe the body went through a transfer station in San Leandro on a garbage truck and was off-loaded onto a larger truck with a load of waste before subsequently being dropped into the landfill in rural Livermore.
We believe Banta mostly spent her time in the Hayward area but may have frequented other cities in and around western/ central Alameda County.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said investigators hope to learn when and where Karina died.
“We are still considering this a suspicious death investigation and would like to find the necessary answers for her family,” Kelly said.
Suzanne Espinosa Solis is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com
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