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Identity of body found in July 2016 finally confirmed

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YAKIMA, WA - On July 15th, 2016 at about 5:15 a.m., authorities were notified of a deceased body on Interstate 82 at the Fred Redmon Bridge. Investigators located the body on the outside shoulder of Interstate 82 at milepost 24 on the Fred Redmon Bridge. 

The body was that of a deceased male that had been dead for some time. The roadway was reduced to one lane causing traffic delays for some time while the scene was processed by Yakima County Sheriff’s detectives.

An autopsy was conducted although it was inconclusive as to the cause of death. There was no evidence of trauma to the body. The body is that of a male that for months has remained unidentified.

On March 21st, 2017, Yakima County Sheriff’s detectives were able to confirm the identity of the deceased as 33-year-old Vicente Rodriguez-Carrillo of Toppenish. Next of kin have now been notified. 

Rodriguez-Carrillo was reported to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office as a missing person on September 3rd, 2016 by his family that lives out of state.  Family reported that they had not had contact with Rodriguez-Carrillo since early July of 2016. Indications are that Mr Rodriguez-Carrillo had been in the Yakima area for perhaps a year or so before his death. Investigators continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Rodriguez-Carrillo as well as the disposal of his body on the bridge.

Yakima SO detectives considered Rodriguez-Carrillo as a possible identity of the body from the Fred Redmon bridge, although Mr Rodriguez-Carrillo had no known dental work. That coupled with the condition of the recovered body made it impossible to conclusively determine identity of the deceased. Detectives then obtained DNA samples from the out of state family and when compared to the DNA of the deceased, a laboratory was able to conclusively state that the deceased is Rodriguez-Carrillo.

This process can be very time consuming considering the backlog of work at the various laboratories used for DNA processing.

Investigators ask anyone with information regarding the activities or associates of Rodriguez-Carrillo in the weeks and months leading to his death in July 2016 to contact the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 574-2500 or 800-572-0490.  Tips including anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 248-9980 or 800-248-9980 or on the internet at yakima.crimestoppersweb.com.

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