SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The family of a missing Utah tech executive has called off a search for her after police reported that a body was found inside a parked car in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Police in San Jose said the body was discovered Saturday in the 6500 block of Bose Lane in San Hose, an area where Erin Valenti’s family had been searching.
Authorities said they were working to confirm the identity of the person and the cause of death, but according to a family friend it’s Valenti.
“While we were praying for a different outcome, we are so appreciative for the help and support you have given,” according to a Facebook post by the group Help Find Erin Valenti.
“Please remember Erin as the beautiful, smart, funny woman that she was,” it said.
Valenti heads Tinker Ventures, an app development company based in Salt Lake City. It creates applications for IOS, Androits and for the web. Her family grew worried after she missed her flight home on Monday following a business trip. They then became increasingly worried when Erin missed the Utah Women’s Tech Council Awards on October 9th. She was a finalist.
Her parents told the San Jose Mercury News they feared she may have suffered a manic episode.
“We talked to her for hours on and off” on Monday night, her mother Whitey Valenti told the newspaper. “Her thoughts were disconnected. She talked a mile a minute. She’d say I’m coming home for Thanksgiving, then in the next she was saying she’s in the Matrix,” a reference to the science fiction movie.
However, Erin Valenti’s husband said she had no history of mental illness.
“There’s never any history of anything like this, no mental health diagnosis, no hospitalization, no substance use, no arrests — as clear of a record as you can get. This is incredibly unlike her,” Harrison Weinstein said during the search. “She is an extremely high achievement, successful person.”
The Women Tech Council issued a statement Sunday evening after hearing of Valenti’s death:
Our hearts are broken. We have just learned that our friend, community member and fellow technology leader Erin Valenti’s body has been found. We honored her this week for her entrepreneurial excellence, her incredible career and work. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband, family and colleagues around the world.” – Women Tech Council
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