Woman found dead at Berkeley homeless encampment tentatively IDd as 40-YO

BERKELEY (BCN) A woman believed to be 40 years old was found dead this morning at a homeless encampment near BART tracks in Berkeley, according to police.

The discovery was made when, at about 10:15 a.m., officers and firefighters went to the encampment just north of 63rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way after receiving a report of an unresponsive woman, Berkeley police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Frankel said.

The woman was found dead at the scene.

Police initially believed the victim was in her 20s but have since clarified. Her identity has not been released pending notification of her family.

The cause of her death is unknown, Frankel said, and there were no obvious signs of trauma. An investigation is ongoing, according to Frankel.

"I don't have any evidence to indicate that it's (the death) suspicious other than the fact that we don't know what caused her death at this point," Frankel said.

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