Body Found in Shallow Grave at NorCal University ID’d as Missing Teen; Homicide Investigation Underway

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Investigators have identified a body found in a shallow grave on the Sonoma State University campus as a missing 18-year-old man who lived nearby and hasn’t been seen for two weeks.

The body of Cotati resident Kirk Kimberly was unearthed by a university landscaper Wednesday afternoon in an undeveloped, wooded area about 200 yards west of parking lot “M,” Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said on Facebook.

“The pathologist was … able to determine the preliminary manner of death to be at the hands of another, therefore we are now considering this to be a homicide investigation,” the department said.

No details about the cause of death were released. Kimberly had been missing since Oct. 17, officials said.

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