Berkeley police spokesperson Sgt. Mary Kusmiss today confirmed anecdotal reports to the Planet that a woman was found dead in the Berkeley YMCA on June 30. Based on their preliminary investigation, police believe that she hid in the building until it closed and then committed suicide by hanging herself in a first floor restroom. The Alameda County coroner has identified the dead woman as Amy Gitelman, 47, and has notified next of kin.
The coroner’s office will not make their final determination of the cause of death for eight weeks.