Pleasanton police have preliminary identifications for the two people who were found dead last month in a car parked on Pimlico Drive that had apparently gone unnoticed for weeks before the bodies were discovered.
Though final confirmation is pending from the Alameda County Coroner's Bureau, local detectives have identified the man and woman with a "pretty high degree of certainty" as Elijah Quichocho and Macy Key, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Erik Silacci. The decedents were Concord residents in their late-20s.
"The investigation so far suggests it was a drug-related overdose" for both causes of death, though that final determination is awaiting confirmation from toxicology testing results, Silacci told the Weekly on Tuesday. There has been no evidence of foul play in the case.
Online court records show that Key and Quichocho were involved in a domestic violence family law case that stalled earlier in the year, after Key filed a request with the Contra Costa County Superior Court for a restraining order against Quichocho in October 2020. The records indicate the two parties had a hearing dropped by the court on March 23 for undisclosed reasons, though the case was still listed as active.
It remains unclear why the pair were stopped in a Pleasanton neighborhood for which they had no known ties, but evidence uncovered since their bodies were found Sept. 18 shows the Acura TSX was seen parked in the same spot on Pimlico Drive all the way back to late August, according to Silacci.
Based on the level of decomposition at the scene, it appeared the two adults had been dead nearly one month, according to Silacci. The formal date of death is pending.
Parked on the soundwall side of Pimlico Drive near the Keneland Way intersection, the Acura TSX with the two bodies in the front seats was discovered around 9:45 a.m. Sept. 18 by a passerby who called 9-1-1 to report seeing a person apparently unresponsive in the car. Arriving officers ultimately confirmed two dead people were in the car.
Silacci said the positioning of the parked car on a side of the street without a sidewalk, as well as that both seats were leaned back, likely contributed to the fact the bodies weren't noticed sooner.
There were no obvious indications of foul play, external trauma or suicide in the vehicle or around the scene, according to Silacci.
The investigation remains open, and closure of the coroner's report could take months due to a case backlog and the fact the Pimlico incident has been classified as not foul play, Silacci said.