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Police confirm May Zhou committed suicide

Original post made on Aug 25, 2007

Santa Rosa police said this morning that three empty bottles of Unisom sleeping pills found next to her body in the trunk of her car indicate Stanford University student May Zhou committed suicide in January.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 23, 2007, 3:00 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Debra, a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2007 at 7:29 am

I also lost my daughter at the age of 27..I am so sorry for your loss.


Posted by Randy, a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 25, 2007 at 2:54 pm

My God how can you possibly believe this was a suicide."A body in the trunk of a car in a parking lot 100 miles away".If this person was a white girl with a masters in engineering from MIT with 2 patents.The media wouldnt even entertain suicide.It safe to say a white male is the beneficiary of these keystone cops...they wouldnt dare wrap this up if the suspect was of color..


Posted by Joanna, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 25, 2007 at 11:15 pm

Randy, while what you write seems to be "out there," it isn't without merit. Interesting.

Regardless, I express my sympathy to the family.


Posted by Too Familiar, a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2007 at 12:34 am

Actually, the facts seem pretty consistent with a suicide. She withdrew from the people around her and then drove far enough away and hid in her trunk so that she wouldn't be found before she died. That sort of thing's not that uncommon.

The two patents? Why would anyone kill her for them when they could license them?

Depression is a terrible thing. Successful and gifted people kill themselves. May Zhou's suicide was similar to Sylvia Plath's first suicide attempt. Swallowing pills and crawling into a dark space is not untypical, particularly for women. As for ethnicity, suicide and depression rates are relatively high for young Asian-American women.

Of course, her father doesn't want to believe it. It's got to be hell on earth for her family.

Doesn't mean the facts don't fit a suicide scenario. Unless there's a smoking gun, they do.


Posted by EJ, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 26, 2007 at 8:18 pm

Randy - Please, give me a break. This isn't some racist conspiracy [portion removed by Palo Alto Online.] All the evidence does support the official statement from the police.


Posted by Conspiracy, a resident of another community
on Aug 31, 2007 at 1:51 pm

May Zhou's murder:
Santa Rosa police incompetence or conspiracy? Did her research threaten someone? What kind of people did she threaten? Think about it. How sophisticated can these people be? They hired a hick from Santa Rosa to do this dirty work. How dumb are the Santa Rosa police? They can't even solve a crime committed by an amateur.


Posted by sunny, a resident of another community
on May 21, 2009 at 10:29 am

May's father is grasping at straws. He can't come to terms with the fact that his over-achieving, perfect daughter killed herself. I don't blame him, really; I'd probably feel the same way. However, the facts speak for themselves. It's a shame.


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