Body found in Altamont Landfill near Livermore identified as 23-year-old Hayward woman

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Body found in Altamont Landfill near Livermore investigated as suspicious
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The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death after a waste management worker discovered a body at a Livermore landfill.

LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- Officials have identified a body discovered in a landfill near Livermore on New Year's Eve Day.

The body was found Monday afternoon at the Waste Management Landfill and has since been identified as 23-year-old Karina Banta from Hayward, Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Karina Banta, 23, from Hayward.
Alameda County Sheriff's Office

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Investigators were able to identify Banta by her finger prints.

Banta's cause of death is undetermined as officials wait for the results of a toxicology report.

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Officials reported Banta had problems with substance abuse and mental health.

They say there were no signs of a struggle, but that the body's decomposition may have camouflaged any apparent signs of trauma or injury.