Kayla Reed's body found in a canal
January 21, 2006
The body of a 15-year-old Livermore girl missing
since December was found on Jan. 10 in a San Joaquin County canal,
the Livermore Police Department reported today.
Kayla Reed was found in the Delta-Mendota Canal in San Joaquin
County between Tracy and Vernalis, Livermore police Chief Steve
A worker in the area saw what appeared to be a body in the water,
according to Krull.
The San Joaquin County Coroner's Office positively identified
Kayla this morning.
Kayla was reported as a suspected runaway on Dec. 5. Her mother
last saw Kayla at their home on Dec. 3 at 12:30 a.m.
Police announced Tuesday that they had begun investigating the
disappearance as an unknown circumstances missing person case
since Kayla had not made any attempts to contact family and friends.
No one had seen or talked to Kayla since her disappearance, police
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office indicated that, when
found, the condition of Kayla's body was consistent with one that
had been in the water for three or four weeks or more, according
Krull said there is no way to tell exactly how long she was in
Authorities identified Kayla by comparing a picture of her smiling
to the teeth of the found body, Krull said. A torso X-ray was
also used to establish her identity.
Authorities have not yet determined how Kayla died, Krull said.
Livermore police and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office
are jointly investigating the case as a homicide, Krull said.
Authorities are looking into all leads and angles, including
phone records and online activity, according to Krull.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the crime
to call Livermore police at (925) 371-4900 or the San Joaquin
County Sheriff's Office at (209) 468-4400.
CONTACT: Livermore Police Department (925) 371-4987
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office (209) 468-4400
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