Body Found; West End School Burglarized

Body Found; West End School Burglarized

Alameda Police Department (APD) officers were called to San Leandro Bay near Driftwood Lane after a call that a dead body was floating in the water Saturday, Oct. 26. A few residents congregated behind Small Size Big Minds Preschool near Driftwood Lane while APD was investigating the situation.

“I first saw a women talking to an officer,” said Alameda resident  Joshua Linville. “When I looked down, I saw another officer near the water next to a floating body face down.” 

APD arrived at the scene around 9:49 a.m., according to reports. APD Sgt. Darryl DeRespini was the responding officer. On the body’s discovery, officers called Alameda Fire Department (AFD) for assistance in retrieving the body from the water.

“An AFD rescue swimmer used a rescue board and was able to successfully assist in pulling the body out,” said AFD Division Chief Jim Colburn. “The body was confirmed deceased on the scene.” 

Once the body was retrieved from the water it was taken to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau for further examination. According to the Coroner’s Bureau, the body has been identified as a male, but the office would not release the name of the deceased because his next of kin had not been notified. Cause of death has not been determined as of Tuesday, Oct. 29. 

School Burglary
APD officers were called to the West End to investigate a burglary at Ruby Bridges Elementary School, Tuesday night, Oct. 22.

“The unknown suspect or suspects forced entry into the classrooms during night hours when the school was not in session and no one was present,” said Lt. Hoshmand Durani in an email. Custodians reported the burglary to APD at 7:02 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, according to APD reports.

The suspects reportedly stole two laptops and other electronics worth $2,000. The suspect or suspects forced entry by breaking glass doors. Custodians spent much of the morning cleaning broken glass. Students were assigned to other classrooms during the cleanup, according to reports.

APD has no leads and do not have any further information on the possible suspects, according to Durani.