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Missing tech CEO last seen in Palo Alto found dead in San Jose

Erin Valenti discovered in car while she was in the area for a business trip

A Utah woman reported missing since Oct. 7, when she was last seen in Palo Alto and found dead in San Jose late last week has been identified as 33-year-old Erin Valenti, the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office said Thursday.

Valenti was the founder and CEO of Tinker Ventures, a computer software company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, according to LinkedIn.

San Jose police announced Saturday that a body, later identified by the coroner's office as Valenti, was found in a vehicle parked in the 6500 block of Bose Lane off of Camden Avenue, which is towards the southern end of the city, according to police Sgt. Enrique Garcia. In his email, Garcia didn't provide any other information surrounding the death investigation, such as when the vehicle was found.

But it was from that area, near the Almaden Library and Community Center, where Valenti made her last phone call.

Valenti had been in San Jose on a business trip and was last seen Oct. 7 in Palo Alto. San Jose police considered her disappearance a "voluntary missing person" case, but family members came to San Jose to look for her.

Valenti's cause of death is pending, according to the coroner's office.

A church service for Valenti took place on Wednesday at Holy Spirit Church in San Jose on what would've been her 34th birthday, according to the Facebook page In Memory of Erin Valenti. Other memorials are scheduled in Salt Lake City on Oct. 26 and in Rochester, New York on Nov. 2.

"She carved her name on the hearts and lives she touched," the Tinker family wrote in a message on Tinker Ventures' website. Valenti managed more than 120 employees in Salt Lake City and Lahore, Pakistan. The company built mobile apps, "tech-enabled marketplaces" and websites for startups and Fortune 500 companies. She previously worked at private equity firm Summit Partners and at Overstock.com as head of product development, according to Tinker Ventures.

"The tech community and the Tinker family cannot be thankful enough for the love she spread, and her leadership will always be remembered. We would like to thank everyone immensely for their support and condolences in these difficult times."


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 15, 2019 at 9:43 am

This was shared all over social media, starting when the power outages were occurring, so for many people this feels like a local issue.

Thank you for reporting and please keep us updated with the results of any announcements.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 17, 2019 at 2:59 pm

Is the coroner still trying to determine the cause of death? Or has the cause of death been determined, but the coroner will not be releasing the information for some reason?

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