Police Seek Public’s Help in Solving MLK Day Death in Oakland

By EBRPD Public Affairs

April 6, 2016

East Bay Regional Park District police are seeking the public’s help in solving a case from Jan. 18, 2016 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – that occurred at the Oakland waterfront.

Just before noon that day, a volunteer who was at the park for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day clean-up event discovered a body in the mud flats near Arrowhead Marsh at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau identified the victim as Eric Dwayne Smith, 46, a transient in the Oakland area. The cause of death was a probable drug overdose, according to the Coroner’s Bureau.

Police are investigating Smith’s death as suspicious.
Smith was last seen Jan. 10, 2016 in the 82nd Avenue area of Oakland.

“We’re hoping to talk to anyone who might have seen him in the last few weeks of his life,” said East Bay Regional Park District police Det. Janet Harkness.

Anyone with information is asked to call East Bay Regional Park District’s anonymous tip line at (510) 690-6521.

Eric Smith

Carolyn Jones, Public Information Officer
(510) 544-2217