“Unattended Death” in Emeryville Storm Drain Identified as 26-year-old Livermore Woman

Published On November 2, 2018 | By Rob Arias | Crime & Public Safety, News & Commentary, Obituaries

The Emeryville Police Department published an alert back on September 30th of an “unattended death” in the storm drain tunnel along Horton Street. The Alameda County Coroner has since identified the deceased as a 26-year-old Livermore woman.

Officers located an unresponsive female subject in the tunnel with “obvious signs of death”. Emeryville PD investigators, along with the assistance of the Alameda County Coroner’s Office, conducted an unattended death investigation. Coroner personnel took custody of the deceased and notified the next of kin.


The Alameda County Coroner has since identified the deceased as 26-year-old Megan Nathanson, a transient, whose last known residence was Livermore. No cause of death was specified and an autopsy report will likely not be released for three months. The incident is not being treated as a crime.

The underground culvert, where Nathanson’s body was discovered, drains floodwater from Temescal Creek under the Novartis parking lot and Bay Street Shopping Center into our Bay.

A photo of Megan Nathanson published in The Independent’s obituary section.

An obituary posted on IndependentNews.com notes Nathanson, who also went by her artist name “Dillon Tripps”, was born in Walnut Creek and grew up in Livermore. Nathanson graduated from Livermore’s Granada High School in 2009.

“She was known for her kind heart, infectious smile, laughter and colorful art work”. The obituary lists a variety of Nathanson’s works that have been featured on fashion items, tattoos and wall murals. Megan leaves behind both her parents as well as a sister and extended family.

A Celebration of Life event will be held for Megan on Sunday, November 4th which would have been her 27th birthday. Loved ones are asking that In lieu of flowers to make a donation in Megan’s name to The Homeless Action Center or The National Alliance on Mental Health.


About The Author

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who moved to Emeryville in 2003. A new parent in the community, he can often be seen walking his French Bulldog rescue "Fiona" around his Park Avenue District neighborhood, traversing the greenway on his bike or enjoying his favorite Emeryville small businesses. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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