Man's body was found in his home on E. Gray Street; death 'suspicious'

Christopher Maher

Alice Echo-News Journal

The San Diego Police Department is investigating the death of a 37-year-old man, whose body was found in his home in the 400 block of East Gray Street Monday.

According to San Diego Police Department reports, emergency medical technicians with the San Diego EMS were called to the home shortly before 4 p.m. by a woman who was a friend of the deceased.

Emergency medical personnel reportedly detected a strong odor coming from the home, and forced open the front door of the home, which was blocked from the inside by a large piece of furniture.

Once the EMTs made entry into the home, they discovered a body in an advanced state of decomposition lying on a bed.

Officers with the San Diego Police Department were called to the scene, and were able to identify the deceased as Manuel Antonio Rodriguez, 38, a resident of the Gray Street home.

Officials said the last time Rodriguez was seen alive was Saturday, and they estimate he died sometime Saturday night.

According to the report, furniture in the home was "tossed about" before the arrival of investigators.

Rodriguez's body was transported to the Corpus Christi Medical Examiner's Office Monday, and an autopsy was expected to be conducted Tuesday.

Chief Joe Olvera said Tuesday the death was classified as under "suspicious circumstances," but more details would not be available until after the autopsy.