The body of 18-year-old Kirk Kimberly was discovered buried last week in a shallow grave on Sonoma State University campus, and officials now say his death could have been the result of a random act of violence. CBS 5 reports that Kimberly is believed to have died from multiple stab wounds, and officials are still searching for his missing bicycle in the hope that its discovery will help with the investigation into his death.
The teen went missing on October 17, and according to the Press Democrat was discovered on the 269-acre Sonoma State campus by a gardener last Wednesday. Interestingly, the Press Democrat's reporting contradicts that of CBS 5 — saying that investigative lead Lieutenant Tim Duke told the paper that the stabbing did not in fact appear random and that Kimberly may have known his attackers. That report was from Saturday, however, with the CBS 5 report coming from today — suggesting that the investigation may have been updated.
Officials have not commented on the type of weapon used to stab Kimberly, or the number of wounds. According to ABC 7, the body was identified by fingerprints. His death is not believed to have anything to do with the university itself, and his family has declined to speak with the press.
Kimberly was last seen leaving his Cotati home on his white 2011 Cannondale Quick CX 3 mountain bike, and is believed to have been heading to a friend's house. Anyone with any knowledge of his death has been asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit at 707-565-2185.