An autopsy today indicated that the death of Hayward postal employee Nancy Rogers on Monday was a homicide, Hayward police Lt. Chris Orrey said. However, Orrey said that in order to protect the integrity of the investigation, she doesn’t yet want to release specific information about the manner of death or other details. Rogers, a 61-year-old Fremont woman who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 43 years, was found dead at a dump in San Leandro about 8 a.m. on Monday after co-workers reported her missing. Postal Inspector Hilary Rickher said Rogers had worked at the post office at 24438 Santa Clara St. in Hayward for most of her career and she was considered “an institution” there. Rogers was an opening clerk who regularly arrived at the post office in Hayward early in the morning to prepare mail for carriers to deliver later in the day, Rickher said. On Monday, Rogers came to work at 1 a.m. Several hours later, the small group of employees who worked with her that day noticed that she was missing and called their supervisor, Rickher said. The supervisor then called police. The early morning employees “are a very close-knit group” and it was “out of the ordinary” for Rogers to disappear, Rickher said. Orrey said officers who responded to the post office determined that its Dumpster had recently been emptied. They contacted Waste Management of Alameda County and discovered that a trash collector had picked up the Dumpster’s contents sometime before the employee was reported missing, Orrey said. Officers next went to Waste Management’s transfer center at 2615 Davis St. in San Leandro and determined where the trash from the post office had been unloaded. The piles were searched, and amid the trash officers found a body that matched Rogers’ description, Orrey said. Rickher said postal inspectors and Hayward police are conducting a joint investigation into Rogers’ death. Rickher said postal employees are protected under federal law. She said if the person or persons responsible for Rogers’ death are arrested, a decision will be made about whether they should face charges in federal court or in state court.
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