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Police Ask for Help Regarding Death of Berkeley Resident

Erin Baldassari (BCN)
Friday July 17, 2015 - 06:40:00 PM

Police are asking for the public's help providing any information about a 30-year-old woman whose body turned up on the rocks near Point Isabel in Richmond earlier this month. 

The death of Berkeley resident Katherine "Katie" Gravett is being investigated as suspicious, East Bay Regional Park District police Detective Gary Castaneda said. 

Police found her body on the rocks behind the East Bay Municipal Utility District's Wet Weather Treatment Plant on Isabel Street on July 2, police said. 

She was covered in seaweed and other aquatic vegetation and Castaneda said she had bruising around her neck and head trauma. 

Detectives are trying to retrace her steps, but Castaneda said they still haven't found anybody whom she might have been acquainted with around the time of her death. 

"We've talked to friends who knew her in the past, but not recently," Castaneda said.  

He said she was living in Berkeley and worked at a restaurant in the area but declined to give its name. 

"At this time, we're still trying to piece everything together," he said.  

Gravett was an avid soccer player, who graduated from Mission San Jose High School in 2003 and Menlo College in 2009, according to an obituary on 

She is survived by her parents, Rick and Betsy, her sister Kelly and nephew Jayden. 

Police are asking anyone with information about the case or about Gravett to contact park police at (510) 881-1833 or to leave an anonymous message at (510) 690-6521.