Detectives need help tracing man's activities before his death
YAKIMA -- Yakima County Sheriff's detectives are reaching out to the public, hoping someone recognizes a man's picture and remembers what he was doing around the time he died.
The body of 33-year-old Vicente Rodriguez-Carrillo of Toppenish was found just after 5:00 a.m. on July 15th in 2016.
His body had been dumped on Interstate 82 on the Fred Redmon bridge.
He had been dead for several days when he was found.
Detectives think the person who dumped his body was trying to throw it off the bridge, but may have been spooked by oncoming traffic on the busy roadway.
An autopsy was conducted, but it couldn't be determined how Rodriguez-Carrillo died. There was no trauma to the body, making it even more difficult for the medical examiner.
The case went cold until September, when family members of Rodriguez-Carrillo from Utah contacted the Yakima County Sheriff's Office reporting that he was missing and that they hadn't heard from him since around the time the body was found on I-82.
Because Rodriguez-Carrillo didn't have any known dental work and because his body was poor condition when he was found, detectives turned to DNA tests both on the body and family members.
Test results were returned Tuesday, which confirmed the body is Vicente Rodriguez-Carrillo.
Investigators are now hoping someone had contact with Rodriguez-Carrillo in the days, weeks, or even months leading up to his death in July of 2016.
If you have any information on this case, call the Yakima County Sheriff's Office at 509-574-2500 or 800-572-0490.
You can also submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 509-248-9980 or 800-248-9980 or on the internet at yakima.crimestoppersweb.com.