OPD Hopes Dress Will Lead to Body ID

Please take a moment and try to identify this dress.

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011  |  Updated 10:55 AM PDT
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OPD Hopes Dress Will Lead to Body ID

Oakland Police

This is the dress an unidentified female was wearing when she died in the waters off Jack London Square.

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Oakland police are seeking help from the public to identify a  woman who died after she was found clinging to rocks in the estuary along Jack London Square on Thursday.

Police released a photograph on Monday of the distinctive dress the woman was wearing when she was discovered without identification Thursday  morning at the end of Clay Street, hoping that someone may recognize it.

Police described the victim as an African-American woman between  30 and 40 years old, standing five feet seven inches tall, and weighing 200  pounds. She had brown hair and brown eyes.

She was discovered still conscious and breathing in the water, and  was taken to a local hospital, where she later died.

Watson said Thursday that it appeared the woman was in the water  "for a while" before she was found.

The case is currently being investigated as a homicide, though  police are still unsure what the cause of death was.

Police are working with the Alameda County coroner's office to  determine whether her death was accidental or the result of foul play.

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call  the Oakland police Major Crimes Unit at (510) 238-3821.

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