The body of a young Google employee was found floating in the San Francisco Bay on December 10, according to authorities.
While 23-year-old Chuchu Ma was reported missing the same day that her body was discovered, not a lot of details have been released at this time.
The beautiful woman appeared to have led quite a successful life during her short time on earth, working in software engineering for such companies as Google and Yahoo.
Here’s what we know so far:
1. Her Naked Body Was Found Lying Face-Down in the San Francisco Bay
According to a tweet from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Santa Clara Coroner’s Office identified the body found in the San Francisco Bay as that of Ma. The tweet reads:
The @SCCgov Medical Examiner has confirmed the identification of the body found along the Bay Trail as that of 23-year-old Chu Chu Ma. Ma was reported as missing from Mountain View. Our investigation is ongoing awaiting the results of the autopsy report.
“NBC Bay Area’s SkyRanger captured footage of several police cars, officers and divers at the scene,” the station reported. “A woman’s naked body was floating face down in the water.”
Although authorities are spelling the woman’s first name as “Chu Chu,” she spelled it as “Chuchu” on her Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
2. The Investigation Is Ongoing & Foul Play Has Not Been Ruled Out
A passing bicyclist found Ma’s body on Thursday morning while on a trail, according to Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Officer Shawn Ahearn, as reported by KTVU.
Her body was subsequently recovered by Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department dive team.
While the circumstances are not known, foul play has not been ruled out and her body was found without clothes on.
Officials stated that this is an ongoing investigation and that they’re awaiting autopsy results.
3. She Was Described as an ‘Excellent Software Engineer’ by a Google Spokesperson
“Chuchu was an excellent software engineer in our developer product team. We are devastated to learn of her passing and our deepest condolences are with her family and friends,” a Google Spokesperson told NBC Bay Area.
Her LinkedIn account states that she worked for the internet leader for a year and six months.
4. She Graduated From the University of Texas at Austin
According to her LinkedIn profile, Ma received a “Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Computer Science,” with a “3.96/4.0” grade point average.
Before working for Google, the woman was an “Undergraduate Teaching Assistant” at The University at Austin, teaching “CS 373: Software Engineering.”
In addition, she previously worked at Yahoo and Telogis as a software engineering intern, as well as STEMed Labs as a “curriculum developer and tester.”
5. Many Are Taking to Social Media to Warn Women of the Dangers of Walking Alone, & to Offer Condolences
“Time to start carrying a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol which is perfect for women,” Donte O’Conner wrote on Facebook. “Not too big and will fit hidden in your waist band. Shoot first and ask questions later.”
“Living in Sunnyvale and close to these areas, I can’t believe such thing happening in that park, Panda Ma said. “Prayers for departed soul. Peace!”
Her body was found “just a few minutes from the Googleplex” where she was employed:
*This article will be updated as information becomes available.
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