Reconstruction of Victim by Marie Rankin
Unidentified Asian Male
The victim was located in brush along a deer path in an El Cerrito park on August 22, 1998. A hiker ventured through a brushy, steep part of Hillside Natural Area and found the bones a few hundred feet off the path.
The skeleton was mostly intact. Scavengers likely moved the skull a few feet from the body. Detectives at the time found no obvious cause of death or anything that identified the victim. Nor do they know what drew him to that particular spot, or what conveyed him there. People mostly go up there for the panoramic view of the Bay.
They checked all missing-person cases throughout the Bay Area that bore even casual similarity to the body, and also registered it in a national database. Police also searched the scene intensively, even called in the Mount Diablo Metal Detector Club for help, but found nothing more useful.
Investigators Source Information:
If you have any information about this case please contact:
El Cerrito Police
Sgt. Paul Keith
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Contra Costa Times
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