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BREAKING NEWS: Missing alumna identified as dead woman

Police identified Mills College alumna Yasmeen Vaughan as the woman who died of exposure last month after being found in the cold waters of the Oakland Estuary.

The Oakland Tribune reports that Vaughan had no identification when she was discovered Dec. 15, and it took the Alameda County coroner’s office a month to identify her through fingerprints. Her father Glen Vaughan reported her missing two weeks ago.

Four days ago, her brother Umi held a rally in front of the West Oakland Library to draw attention to her disappearance, according to Oakland Local.

Vaughan was last heard from on Dec. 13, but as she often withdrew communication from her family for weeks at a time, suspicion did not rise until late December when her father entered her apartment and found it in disarray. Oakland Local reports that both Vaughan’s family and the police did not suspect foul play, and police found no signs of trauma on her body when she was found near Jack London Square.

Vaughan graduated from Mills in 2006.

The Mercury News hosts a guestbook that people can sign in memory of Vaughan and share condolences.  Mills community members have already begun leaving their thoughts on The Campanil’s Facebook page.

If you knew Yasmeen Vaughan, The Campanil would like to speak to you. Please let us know in the comments below or by emailing