The body found Monday afternoon at the Altamont Landfill north of Interstate Highway 580 east of Livermore has been identified as that of Hayward resident Karina Banta, sheriff’s deputies said Thursday.
When the 23-year-old’s body was found, officials considered it a suspicious death and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Detectives are now asking the public for help in bridging the timeline of events leading up to the discovery of the body.
Sheriff's deputies responded to the landfill, at 10480 Altamont Pass Road, about 2:15 p.m. Monday, after workers at the landfill found the body in one of the mounds of dumped garbage.
"The body was likely discarded in another city and transferred to this location," according to a sheriff's department Twitter post.
An autopsy report shows no sign of traumatic injuries to her body consistent with homicide but foul play is suspected.
Banta had a history of struggles with mental health, substance abuse and homelessness and according to police, she had not been in contact with her family since November.
Her family does not know when and where she was prior to her death.