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Body in Redwood City pool identified as Palo Altan

Original post made on Nov 8, 2009

A body found in a covered city swimming pool in Redwood City Thursday has been identified as a 21-year-old Palo Alto man, Gabriel Contreras. His body was discovered by a maintenance worker checking out neighbor complaints of a bad smell in the area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, November 8, 2009, 9:40 AM

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Posted by Coco
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Nov 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Okay.... this is creepy! But I want more details.

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Posted by Coincidence?
a resident of another community
on Nov 9, 2009 at 10:35 am

The first name of the victim and his age and the fact that he was "found" in RWC remind me of another 21 year old Gabriel that was reported missing on October 9th(ish). I remember seeing "missing" flyers for him in RWC...saying this young man may be disoriented....

Hope this case answers a lot of questions! RIP Gabriel.

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Posted by Local Mom
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 9, 2009 at 11:00 am

Poor guy. He looks like such a likable fellow. Wonder what happened - esp if there was a comment about him being disoriented before. Wonder who told the police that?

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Posted by How to ID?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 9, 2009 at 11:12 am

How do police ID based upon dental records? How do they know which dental office has their records?

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Posted by Not a coincidence
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 9, 2009 at 11:15 am

Apparently the guy on the flier was the same as the one found.

Condolences to the family. So sad to lose someone, especially one so young.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 9, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Rest in peace.

When I first read this story, I was surprised to hear that no one was looking for him. Comments here about his family's efforts are reassuring, though they must, of course, feel a big loss now.

I'm sure the police don't ask all dentists offices for records. They probably get a general match from missing persons reports and work from there.

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Posted by John Squire
a resident of another community
on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:57 am

I'm a reporter at Palo Alto Online and I'd like to speak with anyone who's seen the fliers around Redwood City. Just some basic questions on what was on it and where they were put up.

You can email me at


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Posted by Dr. Enrique Moreno
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Staff at the Newspapers should know the system of Spanish names and last names. In Spanish, a person is formally identified by means of both a paternal last name AND a maternal maiden name. Thus, Gabriel's last name (what English speakers expect to be his paternal last name) was "Estrada" not "Contreras," which was his mother's maiden name.

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Posted by Miguel Angel Contreras
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Gabriel Estrada Contreras is my cousin and i said is becouse he still lives in my heart he was like a brother to me like hes sisters and brothers i miss him alot i know for sure that hes in a better place miss you cousin and 1 day will see each other. your cousin Miguel A. Contreras youll be missed.

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