UPDATE: Girl Found on San Gregorio Beach Could Have Been a Runaway

Police were investigating Cathy Qiu's disappearance since Sept. 27 as a possible runaway case.

Updated 10/25/12 7:50 p.m.:

Cathy Qiu could have run away from home nearly a month before being found dead on San Gregorio Beach Sunday.

The Richmond Police Department was investigating Qiu’s disappearance as a possible runaway case, said Richmond Police Lt. Bisa French. Richmond police received a report from Qiu's parents that the 16-year-old was missing on Sept. 27.

French said the death investigation has been turned over to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office. The cause of death is still unknown and authorities are awaiting toxicology results

Qiu was an Albany High School senior and resident of Richmond. She was an honor student with a 4.25 GPA and a member of the tennis team.

Updated 10/25/12 5 p.m.:

Message from the Albany Unified School District:

"Albany Unified School District reports with great sadness that according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office, Albany High School 12th grade student Cathy Qiu passed away.

"The cause of death is pending investigation and awaiting toxicology results. No further information is available at this time.

"Qiu was reported missing by her parents on September 27, 2012, and Albany High School administrators have been in ongoing contact with the family since that time. Qiu attended Albany Unified School District on an inter-district transfer since the 5th grade. She was an honor student with a 4.25 GPA and member of the tennis team.

"Albany High School students will be informed on Friday, October 26th when mental health personnel will be available on site."


Original post 10/25/12 3 p.m.:

Authorities today identified the body found on a San Mateo County beach Sunday as 16-year-old Cathy Qiu of Richmond.

An Albany High School student identified Qiu as a fellow classmate after seeing a report of the washed up body on television Wednesday night, NBC Bay Area reported.

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office said Thursday that the body's dental records matched Qui's.

The Richmond teen was dressed in jeans, black boots and a red top, and had pink braces on her teeth when a couple walking along the beach discovered her body last weekend.

*More on this story to come.


mark smith October 26, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Lot more to this story to come out soon.
Sue Pemberton October 26, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Oftentimes, the currents will wash people south. I wouldn't be surprised if she jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, since people who have been witnessed jumping have been found that far south.
Jeni October 26, 2012 at 06:18 PM
So so sad. I don't remember hearing about her being missing on the news last month. San Gregorio IS really far from Albany, let alone way on the other side of the coast. The poor family. Just so sad.
Sydney K October 31, 2012 at 06:39 PM
My condolences to the Qiu family for their tragic loss. Very sad.
JDavis November 02, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Yes indeed. Condolences to the family. A tragedy beyond measure to be sure. Rather than speculating about suicide or other circumstances surrounding her death, which would undoubtedly cause her loved ones more pain, maybe we could all just be respectful and leave it alone. Prayers and good thoughts for this precious girl and her family.


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