Police examine unusual death

Homicide detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a 39-year-old woman in the Outer Richmond district.

A friend found Serena Arikan unresponsive Saturday morning in Arikan’s residence in the 500 block of 44th Avenue, San Francisco police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said. Paramedics responded at 11:30 a.m. and determined Arikan was dead.

Though there was no sign of trauma on her body, the medical examiner’s office determined Arikan’s death was suspicious, Williams said, who had no further details to provide.

However, it is not unusual for police to investigate deaths which involve an otherwise young and healthy individual, he said.

Arikan’s social-networking sites indicate she was engaged to be married and worked as a manager for commercial properties in San Francisco. The medical examiner will determine the cause of Arikan’s death and whether it was natural, accidental or something else.

If the death is declared a homicide, it will be San Francisco’s 35th killing of 2009.

tbarak@sfexaminer.com

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