News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0708201602
Subject :

Suspicious Death Likely a Homicide, Investigation Continuing
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA – After completing an initial investigation, police have determined that the suspicious death at a residence discovered on Thursday evening is likely a homicide.  Detectives have no significant leads in the case at this point.

On Thursday, July 7, 2016, at about 7:42 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a call reporting suspicious circumstances at a residence in the 300 block of Creekside Drive.  Officers responded immediately and found the victim, an Asian woman in her sixties and resident of the home, deceased inside.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the reporting party was a family member of the victim, who had gone to the home in an effort to locate her and discovered her body inside.  Investigators worked throughout the night and obtained a search warrant this morning allowing them to look for evidence inside the home.  Crime scene processing is ongoing, and likely will continue through Saturday, July 9.  Detectives have ruled out a suicide, and are treating the investigation as a likely homicide.

Detectives have no significant leads at this point, and are examining all possibilities as to what could have occurred.  Investigators will be continuing to work throughout the weekend, examining evidence and interviewing anyone who may have known the victim or have any insight into what could have happened to her.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner has taken possession of the victim's body, and will be conducting an autopsy to confirm the manner of death.  If there are any significant developments in the case over the weekend, we will release additional information; otherwise, there likely will be no additional information released until after the autopsy is conducted next week.

No other information about the victim, including her name, is available for release at this time.  After the autopsy is conducted, either our department or the Medical Examiner-Coroner will release her name and additional details if available.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or