Skip to comments.Cause of death released for woman found near Bay Trail
Posted on 04/12/2018 12:58:29 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroners office recently ruled that the Mountain View woman whose body was found floating in the water along the Bay Trail in Sunnyvale last December died of drowning.
According to an autopsy report medical examiner Dr. Joseph OHara signed off on March 28, Chuchu Ma had multiple minor blunt force injuries and pulmonary edema consistent with drowning.
But while Mas cause of death may be known, the manner of her death remains undetermined, perhaps indefinitely. Monday morning, Capt. Shawn Ahearn of the Sunnyvale Department of Pubilc Safety said Mas case is now considered closed.
The 23-year-old Google engineer was found in the water Dec. 7 and pronounced dead at the scene. The autopsy report, obtained by the Town Crier, noted that witnesses saw Ma entering the water the previous day and that a 911 call showed her to be disoriented. The report states that Mas confused state is highly suggestive of psychotic behavior and may explain her entry into the water.
However, nothing in Mas medical records revealed that she had expressed suicidal thoughts.
The autopsy report ruled out any sexual violence against Ma, based on the lack of physical injuries.
The toxicology report also came back clean for any alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs. Only caffeine was found in her system. In December, a representative from the countys medical examiner-coroners office said that the autopsy and toxicology reports were supposed to take four to 12 weeks. Instead, it took the county four months to release Mas cause of death.
The Public Safety finding seems very weird to me: she had multiple blunt force injuries and pulmonary edema consistent with drowning. How did she get blunt force injuries? If you walk into the water to drown yourself, how would you get blunt force injuries? Was she striking her own head against rocks? This is the first that I've heard about witnesses showing her entering the water in a disoriented, confused state the day before she died.
Her case is now considered closed? After blunt force injuries to the victim, her drowning, and the "manner of her death" is undetermined. Why would they close the case so quickly?
Something doesn't smell right here.
I wonder who the witnesses are. This does have a smell about it.
Not sure of the terrain but did she slip, tumble, fall down go boom and roll into the drink ?
No clues via her facebook, twitter, tumbler,snapchat, etc. ?
"veracious" wrote at the time "Covert Google op? Inside of covert Google ops?" That doesn't sound implausible to me at all. Did Google get to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroners office?
"black dog" wrote at the time "Awaiting autopsy results pending Googles approval to do so." Also not implausible.
"Jack Black" wrote at the time "I suspect foul play." That seems to have been ruled out, but no explanation of her death is proffered by the Coroner's office!
So, during the time her body was submerged, her face might have suffered abrasions from being dragged along rocks and other debris.
NO evidence she was sexually assaulted. This is a suicide. Case closed.
The levees typically don’t have a lot of rocks. The running and biking paths are generally wide, flat, and well maintained. You’d pretty much have to intentionally go into the water which she did the previous day. It sounds like she might have had a medical issue based on her bizarre behavior the day before, but there is no explanation of her blunt force injuries, her manner of death, or the closing of the case by the coroner’s office.
Cute girl. What a shame. RIP. :-(
Abrasions maybe. But that’s a far cry from “blunt force injuries” (plural - injuries). I think of “blunt force injury” in crime, falling off a ladder, falling on the street and hitting your head on the curb, and a vehicle wreck. Look at the pic I posted of the fire truck removing her body — no rocks around there to fall on.
Could she not SWIM???
I recall the all-nighters on end in engineering school and being hopped up on caffeine. Then after 36 hours of being awake trying to go to sleep. I would have crazy nightmares that seemed real, and would thrash about.
I don’t recall now exactly, but I think I feared I might hurt myself or others. I even thought about making some sort of restraints for myself - but usually just after I awoke from a nightmare. (slip knots on the ends of four ropes tied to the bed - but then how do I get out!!??) Once I was awake I was fine.
I imagine being a young Google person requires lots of sleepless nights too. I’m glad those days are behind me. (Mostly)
I can imagine that falling off the trail, down that steep embankment, would cause minor blunt force injuries, as mentioned in the article.
I’ve had many a walk along this trail at lunchtime, when you get big clumps of people talking to each other and ignoring the traffic around them, when I’ve been wary of being knocked down the embankment.
I lost a Wonderful Girlfriend when She slid off the road in a heavy rain storm exiting off the Interstate into a Creek and was Knocked out, landed upside down in the water and Drowned still Belted in the seat. She was an Excellent Swimmer. Found out that She was 2.5 months Pregnant after the Autopsy...
Impressive obit. From The Woodlands, near Houston. UT Austin honors. HS Valendictorian
Of course, being an immigrant from Communist China, that there is no mention of religion at all is par for the course
“I lost a Wonderful Girlfriend when She slid off the road in a heavy rain storm exiting off the Interstate into a Creek and was Knocked out, landed upside down in the water and Drowned still Belted in the seat. She was an Excellent Swimmer. Found out that She was 2.5 months Pregnant after the Autopsy...”
My gosh, I am so sorry!
This is a suicide. Case closed.
What county/city are you the DA of? I want to conduct all my murders in your jurisdiction. I don’t like folks who ask too many questions. ;-) /sarc
An ex girlfriend of mine died the same way. Black ice in front of a bridge, went into the water and drowned. She was a competitive swimmer, too. Idaho Falls, Christmas Eve, 1975.
It is such a shame this beautiful, bright and successful young lady could not find a life worth living here in the US. RIP.