Runner Philip Kreycik’s death not caused by foul play, autopsy shows

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No signs of foul play were proved to have caused the death of Berkeley man, Philip Kreycik, who went missing and was found dead in the Pleasanton hills, an Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said on Monday.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the initial autopsy findings show that the runner has died not because of any foul play or animal attack. He, however, did not specify the date of the final autopsy results’ release.

On the morning of July 10, Kreycik went for a run in the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. His wife reported him missing on the same afternoon after he failed to return home.

He was 37 and left behind two children.

A massive search was done to locate him, with around 170 personnel from multiple safety agencies deployed, augmented by a flock of volunteers.

The search teams went to all the possible places Kreycik might be in but to no avail.

Pleasanton police officials announced that a dead body was discovered last Aug. 3 in the northern part of the park. It was nearly a quarter-mile away from the route Kreycik planned to take, KRON4 reported.

Kreycik’s family confirmed the body to be the missing runner.

His wife, Jen Yao, earlier expressed her gratitude for those who have helped in the search efforts, as reported by SFGate.

“Even when we think we’re in control, accidents can happen,” she said. “We can’t possibly ever truly express our appreciation and gratitude enough to really truly acknowledge what you have all done for us. Family, friends, volunteers, people who know Philip. People who don’t know Philip.”

“Hug your families, because you really never know what happens,” she continued. “Please take care of each other.”