Found Deceased CA - Erin Valenti, 33, from Utah, en-route from Palo Alto to San Jose, 7 Oct 2019

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  1. afitzy

    afitzy Member

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    https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinvalenti/

    Based on the above linkedin profile Erin apparently worked for Summit Partners for 4 yrs (2007-2011) in Palo Alto so might still have contacts in the area. It appears she moved to SLC in 2011 and spent time in NYC in April-Dec 2013 before returning to SLC where she has remained.
     
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    Seattle1 #LiveLikeLizzy

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    She met with someone too in Palo Alto before making the journey to San Jose. I’m not sure if they have confirmed with that person though the husband or mom someone talked to her after she last saw that person. They are estimating she left around 3:30pm from Palo Alto.
     
  5. Blonde_AF

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    She was staying at the Nest in Palo Alto with 2pm check out. 280 is most likely.
     
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    rosesfromangels Amateur speculations and opinion only

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    I have a different impression of the missing person than you do. After looking at her linkedin, she has a stellar academic record and appears to be well connected in the
    start-up world, and was likely making the rounds to pitch her latest idea for funding. The "fake app" you refer to appears to be a prototype , that she no doubt uses to demonstrate the art of the possible. I have great admiration for the guts and grit of these entrepreneurs; many great companies have emerged from these type of startup ventures.

    Her husband refers to her as being confused and manic sounding. She's not in an age group where most would have a first manic onset episode, so I tend to wonder if she has been quietly managing a medical condition unknown to her spouse, or has suffered a medical episode that is causing this level of disorientation.

    Regardless of the above, let's hope this gal is found soon and gets back home safe and sound. Her family must be worried sick.

    Amateur opinion and speculation
     
  7. rosesfromangels

    rosesfromangels Amateur speculations and opinion only

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    She was last seen in Palo Alto, she was going to SJC Airport(?), but ended up near Alamaden Expr. and Camden, which tells me she took Hwy 280 to 87, but made a right at 87 instead of a Left towards the airport. She would have ended up at least good 12 miles in the wrong direction. However, if you look at the attached map, you can see how she made this mistake. The question is, what happened at Almaden & Camden?
    Google Maps

    In doing quick research it appears this intersection is a bad one. Here's just one article:
    Pedestrian Killed In San Jose Hit-And-Run Identified

    Amateur opinion and speculation
     
  8. indicolite22

    indicolite22 Well-Known Member

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    BBM. That's where her phone went off at/after midnight. Where was she for the entire evening before that? She should have arrived to San Jose in the late afternoon if she were to catch her flight. Where did she go after the last ping? Some have suggested checking hiking routes. Nobody goes hiking at night. Her disappearance is likely connected to her state of mind or a medical condition. She needs to be found ASAP.
     
  9. Tutter

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    I just don’t understand how the police consider her voluntarily missing. Surely she would be thinking they would come looking for her because she didn’t return the rental car whether she was in trouble, or if she just left on purpose. That is a huge red flag!
     
  10. PommyMommy

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    This is what I have at this point and it is very rough but I'll work on it some more today. Input from any and all is appreciated. :) MOO

    EV is the founder and CEO of Tinker Ventures. The company designs, develops and scales technology products for iOS, Android and the web, according to its website.

    EV attended an Alpha Conference in Monterey last week, then was visiting friends and colleagues around SF (Stanford?) and Palo Alto over the weekend.

    EV was set to fly home (SLC UT) from San Jose on Monday, October 7, but she missed her flight and did not return her rental car, described as a gray Nissan Murano with license plate No. 8LUD641.​

    Mon Oct 7
    Tue Oct 8
    Wed Oct 9
    Google Maps
    • 2500 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park CA
    • Almaden Expressway/Camden Avenue, San Jose CA
    • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
     
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    OCT 11, 2019
    Utah tech CEO goes missing on way to San Jose airport
    • Her panicked family flew to San Jose to revisit her last known locations.
    • They passed out flyers in the area and filed a report with San Jose police, who is treating the case as a voluntary missing persons case.
    • "I get that people have the right to disappear, but that's not this," her husband HW says. "Everything she said she was planning on coming home. She was trying to get to the airport. She's not thinking clearly.
    • EV's husband & parents say they all spoke to her on Mon. - something wasn't right. She seemed manic, but has no history of mental illness.
    • "She seemed confused. We said, 'Did you drink anything? Did anybody give you anything?' and she said, 'No,'" her mother said.
    • There has been no phone contact or credit card use since Monday.
     
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    I wonder what that person has to say about her state of mind? Would love to hear from them.
     
  13. PommyMommy

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    She won the award.

    OCT 11, 2019
    https://ksltv.com/423349/i-dont-thi...nds-family-search-for-missing-utah-tech-ceo/?
    [...]

    “She’s one of those incredible people that’s an engineering mind and a CEO mind smashed into one,” said colleague ES. “I mean, people like her don’t come around very often.”

    [...]

    “She’s an incredible person and I don’t think she wants to be lost,” ES said.

    [...]

    ES has known Valenti for a couple of years and both were finalists heading into the 12th Annual Women Tech Awards held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

    [...]

    “I was sure she was going to win,” ES said. “I texted her when we sat down. I said, ‘hey what table are you at? I bet you’re going to win the entrepreneurial excellence award.’”

    No response. When it came time to announce the winner for the award, ES pressed record on her phone to capture the moment.

    In the video, you can hear the presenter say, “the entrepreneurial excellence award to Erin Valenti”, followed by applause. But then, no one walked on stage and the room fell silent.

    [...]

    “She’s a genius. She’s such an incredible mind. We need to find her,” Smith said.

    [...]

    (Name changed to initials by me)
     
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    Ontario Mom Because I'm the Mom, that's why.

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    I haven't read every media link so I may have missed it, but did she actually tell her husband or family members that she was actually in San Jose, or are we all just assuming she was because her phone pinged there?
     
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    I don't know what LE's definition of "voluntarily missing" is, but IMHO no credit card or ATM activity and a dead cell phone is not the good kind of voluntarily missing.
     
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    Welcome to Websleuths, AuntFaith. Nice to have you with us. :)
     
  19. PaulR

    PaulR Verified Software and Computer Tech

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    Good morning, everyone.

    You can rent cars with a navigation system, but many times it is optional and reserved for higher (or the highest) trim. The alternative is either using your phone directly by turning it on and having it read out and show directions, or (if the car supports it) using Apple Carplay/Android Auto by plugging your phone into one of the USB jacks in the car, which effectively projects the screen from your phone into the car's LCD screen. I'm a techie and I prefer using my phone because it gives me up-to-date traffic information, I can plug addresses that I am driving to beforehand, etc.

    Under this scenario, the phone could run out of juice if she was using the phone directly for navigation instead of having a car with a navigation system or using Carplay/Auto.

    All that being said, I'm also a bit surprised she didn't just use Uber/Lyft. I work for a large tech company and many times this is what we do when traveling. It's easier than renting a car, you don't have to worry about finding parking, etc.

    Also you'd be surprised how many people are not prepared with electronic devices, by not having a portable charger/power bank with them.
     
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    PaulR Verified Software and Computer Tech

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    A psychotherapist isn't a medical doctor. If she had a mental condition, he'd know, but not necessarily a medical condition, unless she told him or signed away HIPAA to allow her doctor to tell him.
     
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