Missing Piedmont Resident Jill Reese Found Dead in San Francisco

Reese was reported missing on Tuesday, Jan. 14, after she left her Piedmont home about 10 a.m. but failed to keep an appointment in Orinda.

Jill Reese, 72, of Piedmont. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Police Department.
Jill Reese, 72, of Piedmont. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Police Department.
Updated Thursday, Jan. 16, 5:50 p.m.

Jill Reese, the 72-year-old Piedmont resident reported missing this week, was found dead in a San Francisco hotel room Wednesday, according to San Francisco police and the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office.

Reese was found dead about 10 a.m. Wednesday at a hotel in the 700 block of Market Street, according to Officer Gordon Shyy of the San Francisco Police Department.

The Four Seasons Hotel is located at 757 Market St.

San Francisco police are not investigating the death as a homicide, Shyy said today (Thursday).

He said that Piedmont police asked the SFPD to check whether Reese was at the Market Street hotel. 

Piedmont Police Department Capt. Scott Wyatt confirmed today that Piedmont police made the request, based on information provided by a member of Reese's family.

Christopher Wirowek, San Francisco's acting medical examiner administrator, said today that his office is actively investigating the case. The medical examiner's office has not yet released a cause of death.

Wyatt said Wednesday afternoon that a missing person alert for Reese had been cancelled, but would not comment at that time on whether she was safe or even alive.

According to the department's original alert, Reese was last seen leaving her home at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. 

She was expected go to an appointment in Orinda and then return home by 5 p.m., but she never made it to the appointment and did not come home.

According to her LinkedIn profile, where she is listed as Jill Fritschi-Reese, she taught for nearly 39 years in local schools, including Kaiser Elementary School in Oakland, Havens Elementary School in Piedmont and the Head Royce School in Oakland.

She served on the state's California Commission on the Teaching Profession in the 1980s and was a member of several civic organizations, including the Piedmont Garden Club, the profile says.

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"Piedmont Woman 'No Longer Missing' but Police Won't Comment on Outcome"

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A former student January 16, 2014 at 09:07 PM
I feel absolutely sick about this. She was an amazing teacher who I felt really believed in me. She had such integrity and was so committed to her work. I'm so sorry to hear this.
Chris Alexander January 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Mrs. Fritschi-Reese (Mrs. Olson when I was in her 4th grade class) leaves a huge legacy of former students. Am hoping that there will be information on a memorial service. Also, dear Editor, in the context of this updated article, one sentence should be edited to read, "She was expected go to an appointment in Orinda and then return home by 5 p.m., but she never made it to the appointment and *had* not come home."
dayna g January 17, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Mrs. Olson was my teacher in 5th grade at Havens back in the late 70's. In all my years at PHS, boarding school and various colleges, there was never a teacher that left such an impression on me like her. She was intuitive, attentive, compassionate, creative and genuinely interested in each of her students. She would single you out to make sure you were "ok" by chatting one on one. I remember so many creative projects we had in her class --- ones that I hope I can find today to remind myself of what a special woman she was. My heart breaks hearing this news and knowing how many will miss her. I feel lucky to have run into her in Piedmont Park a few years back while she was gardening there. Always giving back to her community.....a true giving soul. May she rest in peace as she will be missed by many.


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