Disappeared 87-year-old East Bay woman is believed to have been found dead in a backyard

An 87-year-old woman who disappeared from her home in Bay Point earlier this week is believed to have been found dead in a neighbor’s backyard, according to authorities.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office received a call around noon. 9 Saturday from a resident of Maureen Circle in Bay Point who reported an unknown, deceased person in their backyard.

The body is believed to belong to Adela Dela Pena, who was last seen around 8:40 p.m. on Nov. 16 at her home on the 600-block of Victoria Court in Bay Point, according to the sheriff’s office. Pena was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A cause of death has not yet been determined.

When Pena’s family members discovered she was missing earlier in the week, they searched for her but could not find her. They warned authorities on November 17.

The Coroner’s Division in Contra Costa County is working to confirm that the body matches Pena and to determine the cause of death.

Come back for updates.

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