SD man found dead in his home

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

Autopsy results on the body of a San Diego man who died in his home over the weekend reportedly revealed no obvious signs of foul play, but no ruling will be made in the death until investigators receive results of toxicology tests, officials said.

The body of Manuel Antonio Rodriguez, 38, was found in his home in the 400 block of Gray Street Monday afternoon.

An autopsy was conducted Tuesday by the Corpus Christi Medical Examiner, and reportedly no sign of trauma was found on the body.

Sgt. Javier Gutierrez, an investigator with the San Diego Police Department, said Thursday toxicology tests were ordered by the medical examiner, but the results of those tests will not be available for two weeks.

"The investigation is ongoing, and we are waiting on the results of the toxicology to come back," Gutierrez said.

Although Gutierrez said there were no outward indications of a homicide in the case, he stressed the investigation is still open until the department receives the results of the toxicology tests.

According to San Diego Police Department reports, emergency medical technicians with the San Diego EMS were called to the home on Gray Street shortly before 4 p.m. Monday 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 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.