She was known to neighbors as the woman who sat every morning on a park bench in Heritage Park in Palo Alto. She was found dead near her bench on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Gloria Bush, 72, the woman whom neighbors described as homeless, died in the shadow of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. A passerby found her at 7:17 a.m. and reported to police that Bush was on the ground. She did not appear to be breathing. She was amid her belongings at the corner of Waverley Street and Homer Avenue.
Neighbors said she frequented the park for a long time, and they shook their heads sadly at her death.
Police said there was no sign of foul play.
"There is no sign of a crime at all," Palo Alto Police Sgt. Kara Apple said.
Bush appeared to be a local transient, she said, but police could not provide further information. Her death is being investigated by the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office, which has positively identified her.
Further information will be posted as it is made available by city and county officials.
Anyone who may have information about the woman is asked to call the Palo Alto police 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.