The man whose skeletal remains were found beneath an unused UC Berkeley building in 2021 died of "blunt force injury of the head," new records obtained by The Berkeley Scanner show.
UC Berkeley announced the discovery of the bones a year ago this month.
As it turned out, contractors had found the bones in 2021, but their supervisor — a director of campus facilities — never reported the discovery to police. The supervisor was ruled out as a suspect but no longer works for Cal, university officials said last year.
Since the bones came to light, after the contractors alerted police themselves, many people have wondered about the story behind the skeletal remains. Limited information has been available.
Police eventually shared the man's name, Steven Lawrence McCreary, and confirmed that his death had been a homicide.
McCreary's family last spoke with him in 2009, they told The Scanner last year. He was 37 years old when he disappeared.
The University of California Police Department has never said how Steven McCreary died.
Last week, The Berkeley Scanner obtained the four-page autopsy report from the Alameda County coroner's office in an effort to learn more.
Previously, there had been a press hold on the case and no information had been available.
According to the report, the autopsy examination found blunt force injury to McCreary's head "with multiple fractures," as well as "sharp force injuries" — which could indicate incision or stab wounds — to his sternum and long bones.
According to the autopsy report, dated May 2023, part of McCreary's skull was "absent with a large defect."
Aside from a small amount of mummified tissue, all that remained of McCreary when he was discovered were his teeth and bones, the pathologist wrote.
Authorities also found some items of clothing near McCreary, including a Wolf Brigade T-shirt, a military jacket and several pairs of pants.
The report also noted the presence of two blankets, including a quilt, along with "small, irregular, torn fragments of what appear to be green or dark colored plastic or garbage bag."
Read more about the UC Berkeley skeleton on The Scanner.
Dr. Katherine Raven, the forensic pathologist, also noted that a "detailed Forensic Anthropology Report" had been completed. That information was not included in the materials released last week.
The Scanner is seeking access to that report via a Public Records Act request.
According to a one-page investigator's report, McCreary's remains were released to a funeral home last year for cremation.
The University of California Police Department identified McCreary through his DNA.
McCreary's bones were found in an unlocked crawl space on the Clark Kerr Campus at 2601 Warring St. in Building 21, according to the investigator's report.
As of last week, UCPD said there was no new information to share about the case.
Campus officials have yet to provide any documents in response to a Public Records Act request filed by The Scanner in July 2023.
The Scanner continues to seek all available records.