Woman Found Dead Behind Denny’s on Willow Pass Rd. in Concord – Suicide Suspected

April 21, 2014 8:00 am · 58 comments


A lady was found hanging in the creek area behind the Denny’s on Willow Pass Rd. & Diamond Blvd. in Concord on Sunday.

We’re hearing it was a suicide.

No other information is available at this time.

Such a sad... April 21, 2014 at 8:11 AM

ending to what was once a heart filled with
dreams and aspirations .
Someone’s darling child, …

MadMom April 21, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Wow. This is so sad. Prayers for the woman. To be alone and desperate is very sad.
If she had friends or family my heart goes out to them too.
Please be respectful people.

Michelle April 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Condolences to the woman and her family, what could this poor woman have been going through to have caused her to do something like this. I hope her family can find peace. Know you are not alone.

Silva April 21, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Too too sad. Prayers to her family and friends.

Lizzie April 21, 2014 at 9:33 AM

How very very sad. I hope she has finally found the peace that so eluded her in life. Rest in Peace dear lady.

Dorothy April 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Not the answer to anything. It might be a suicide but it might not. Hope they find out for sure and if it was suicide, hope they find what drove her to it.

jb April 21, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I feel so sad for this poor lady that decided to end it all….My prayers go to her and her family at this sad time….how horrible to want to end it all…life is so precious and short…wish there had been someone to be there for her…

RIP April 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

May this sad person RIP.

Linda April 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

So sad that she felt her life was not worth living.
Prayers to her family. I hope she can RIP.

Angelface April 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

It really doesn’t matter what drove her to it. It’s usually depression. My father, a surgeon had everything to live for, yet he chose death at an early age. There’s not always anything you could’ve done to help the person, so no one should feel horrible guilt. If I didn’t take my antidepressants I’d probably have done the same long ago. The onus was all on me to get treated. No one could have made me get out of the fetal position any sooner than I did. The path’s not always easy, but help is out there.

RIP❤️ April 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

My the lords hands wrap around you and your family thruout this horrible journey. My heart goes out to you❤️

Pancake April 21, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Drugs and Mental illness do not mix.
Even taking anti depressants can lead to suicide.

Cat Wrangler April 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

How very sad. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones during this most difficult time.

The Realist April 21, 2014 at 3:12 PM

So when will the Concord city council pull their heads out of the sand and start listening to all their constituents that constantly tell them about the homeless problem in the city?
That area is full of them. I see them walking from downtown all the time. Many of them are addicts and/or mentally ill. This tarnishes the city’s image and speaks poorly of their attitude of human beings in need. Just ignore them?

glen April 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I was riding my bike yesterday and found her there. It was so traumatizing for me. the police arrived shortly after. they questioned me and took my info. I felt so sad and on Easter Sunday. God bless her soul.

RanchgirlCA April 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

So sad. My thoughts go out to this womans family and friends. They have quite a road ahead of them.

Lucy April 21, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Sorry you had to see that Glen. Prayers to you. And may the young women rest in peace now. So very sad 🙁

Fig Newton April 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Sad story,,,,too bad someone could have been aware of her problem,,,,Life is short,,,,,,,,,,,, Nothing can be that bad to do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NoMoreFreeRide April 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Couldn’t agree more with #16

Betty April 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

There has been a rash of suicides in Claycord over the past year. Not sure what’s goin on in my town but it seems some need a lot more praying in thier lives to help resolve those inner demons.

Lori R April 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Glen so sorry you had to see that. Prays for you and the woman’s family and friends.

Atticus Thraxx April 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Well, let’s hope you pull through glen. I don’t know what demons drive a person to hang themselves behind a Denny’s but I hope God has mercy on her.

Blink April 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM


Suicide effects so many, this may be of help
Life is getting harder for many

Hope her family and friends are comforted

@ The Realist April 21, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I don’t know if the guy still lives there, but the homeless junkie that makes camp behind Sports Authority is an old tweeker that likes to hang out with young girls destroying their lives shooting them up with crank. If you know of any young runaway girls that would be the first place I would look.

Mark April 21, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Very sad. Hang in there Glen.

lg April 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Sad! For the commentors joking about suicide, sorry for you. i hope you never have to deal with a loved one ending their life this way! You could`nt handle it!! God Bless her soul and her family!!!!

Jenny April 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM

I do not know what if it’s sad that she chose the easy way out, or if it’s sad that individuals are giving up on society!

ChampagneKitty April 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

to The Realist: You obviously do not pay any attention to Concord city council meetings.

to Pancake:That wasn’t a very responsible thing to say. Of course abusing street drugs is a bad mix with mental illness; maybe that is what you meant. But anti-depressants can be a great help for many people. A lot of people cannot function properly without them. Anti-depressants have also been shown to be helpful for other medical conditions. I am aware that some people have an aversion to pharmaceuticals and try to avoid them, but in many many cases, they are also very necessary.

I am sorry that this woman felt that suicide was the solution to her problems. May she rest in peace.

smc626 April 21, 2014 at 11:44 PM

Any update on this story Mr. Mayor? The woman’s age, city, anything? I have a friend who died Easter Sunday and would like to know if this was her… she was dying from cancer.

Cj April 22, 2014 at 12:07 AM

Well said ChampagneKitty!

@Realist April 22, 2014 at 12:09 AM

you do realize being homeless is not a crime? And what exactly are you doing to help these people?

anonymous April 22, 2014 at 7:21 AM

hi Glenn I’m so sorry for you what a traumatizing discovery.. I need some details I have a girlfriend that is living homeless in the area and I can’t get a hold of her. was she a young lady she would look between like 28 in early 30s? is there any details you could give us about her description? I’m so sorry to ask you this I know it must be hard to recall but nobody would be looking for my friend it would be sad if they didn’t know who she was?

Antler April 22, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Dorothy at #6 is correct. This should be considered an “apparent ” suicide. Do we have any new statements from CPD, Mayor?

KATHERINE BURTON April 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

This is for the Realist..You tell the City Counsel to ‘clean up the homeless camps’, well how do you suggest they do that.The resources out there for the homeless are a joke and i know cause i use to be out there my self.So unless your willing to do something positive to help them out,please shut your mouth and stop being the one who IGNORES THEM.

sarai Wiggins April 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

r.i.p. Sherry you will be truly missed

sarai Wiggins April 22, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Hate you had to see that Glen she was my friend and she was NOT homeless

smc626 April 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

From all accounts this was the woman I knew who was suffering from throat cancer and chose to die on her own terms. Thank you Glenn for finding her and reporting it to the police. Know that she was suffering, it was her time, and there was nothing that you could have done. If anyone cares to pray for Sherry, that she may rest in peace, or for her family and friends as they mourn her passing, thank you for your prayers.
She will be missed!

Needs answers April 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM

@sarai wiggins could you please tell us Sherry’s last name? I know a sherry and can’t get a hold of her. Please help.

smc626 April 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM

@Blink #24 thank you for posting the link for “Why Go On?”. I am RC but found this Jehovah’s Witness article thought-provoking, insightful and comforting without being too preachy. I hope that Sherry’s family and friends read it as they deal with their sadness, depression, anger, or whatever other feelings they encounter as they grieve.

amanda April 23, 2014 at 8:42 AM

what was sherrys last name
my friend sherry cant be found either

amanda April 23, 2014 at 8:53 AM

smc626 please tell me last name
I think this is my friend I haven’t seen in 2 yrs

amanda April 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

mr mayor we need answers on this womens name family and friends are worried .its not right to leave us in the dark please some one give a last name

selena April 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

This was my best friend from childhood. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I am so sad to have gotten this news.

amanda April 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

selena what was her last name

anon April 23, 2014 at 10:35 PM

when a person commits suicide, don’t assume it’s a lack of faith or spirituality. There are a number of very spiritual people in the bible that were very depressed Clinical depression and other mental disorders are not just a mind over matter. The brain is not functioning properly just as the any organ in the body can fail to function properly. Most of us dont know what it feels like to have zero dopamine or serotonin in their brain. Maybe take your worst day ever and believe it wont get better. Or if you ever had the flu where you have zero energy to get out of bed and your body aches so badly and there is no end to it. Well that’s sorta what it feels like mentally.
It’s not that a person that commits suicide wants to end their life . Mostly they do it because they want the pain to end.

anon April 23, 2014 at 10:44 PM

blink 24, ah yes, i just read 40’s referral to that article. I got that magazine. I’m glad you posted that link. That’s where I got the statement in my last post, ending sentence. I was glad the article made that point. So many people don’t understand why a person does.

Sharla April 24, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Selena, I’m sure she knows this; so very sorry for your loss.

Selena Bone April 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Thank you Sharla for the kind words, its been very difficult to absorb. Anon I am so glad you posted your comment as you are right as far as mental illness goes. And Blink is 100% right, that it is only going to get harder for people to deal with life as the worlds conditions worsen. My faith is through Jehovah and I am very confident in the resurrection. Jesus gave us that hope by his examples. She will one day be awaken and be free from the pain she continuously endured both mentally and physically. She came from a beautiful family and had people who loved her. She was strong, yet so very weak from both the physical & mental battle that she was fighting within. She gave me the best gift anyone could give, and that was showing me that true friendship is unconditional and true friendship can last a lifetime. She was the most beautiful person you could ever meet and I look forward to one day seeing her again, with a body and mind that will be totally free from pain. I will truly miss my friend and I feel truly blessed to have known her. Thanks to all who have left only positive comments.

Selena Bone April 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Let us not forget to thank the Concord Police Dept, as I’m sure they did their best to handle such a tragedy. Always serving and always protecting!

Merry April 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Her name was Sherry Herzog

Merry April 24, 2014 at 1:36 PM

She had family and some things are left better just between family. That’s all anyone else needs to know

Katie April 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Do not condemn Sherry for her choice. She was a kind and loving woman who tried very hard to work through all her obstacles. When I think of her now I imagine her happy and pain free and at peace. She was not a homeless drug addict she was my roommate and my friend.

Cat Wrangler April 24, 2014 at 3:11 PM

The woman who passed was clearly loved by close friends and family. I am so sorry for their loss and sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

Cancer is such a painful and debilitating disease. Our family is making a contribution to a cancer program today in hopes that it may help another who is suffering as this lady did.

Phil April 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I complained on this site about suspicious accounting with Concord’s mental health and homeless programs 2 years ago. Some lady on this site claimed to be it’s accountant and bragged about how well the programs were run. Now we know different. Millions of dollars was stolen and the services were not provided. I was appalled by this ladies arrogance and uncaring attitude. She is a sick person and now we’re dealing with the result of her on the others incompetence. A good attorney should sue the county and city for their willful negligence resulting in these deaths.
F.Y. in advance for anyone who thinks different.

Rose April 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Katie, I’m sure she was loved and cared for by her family. This is a truly devastating ordeal. Heart and prayers to you, if there is anything you need…

yvette April 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

this is sad…..

caroline April 25, 2014 at 6:42 PM

R.I.p. sherry. You will truly be missed. You were like a 2nd mom to me. We always had so much fun together. I miss u so much, why did u feel you couldn’t reach out to me? I know ur in heaven now and I hope ur soul is finally at peace

Merry April 29, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Thank you everyone. She is at peace and pain free as Katie said.

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