Elderly woman found dead in Alpine: Body believed to be that of missing LA woman

Woman's son arrested

ALPINE, Calif. - A body found in Alpine was that of an 81-year-old woman reported missing from Los Angeles County earlier this month, and whose son was arrested on suspicion of killing her, authorities reported Wednesday.

San Diego County deputies, acting on a request from the Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide bureau, found the body in the 600 block of Alpine Heights Road about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, according to San Diego County sheriff's Lt. James Bolwerk.

Bolwerk said the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office would determine the cause and manner of the woman's death.

The lieutenant said the investigation would continue to be handled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The woman's name was not immediately released, but Deputy Guillermina Saldana of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau said her 53-year-old son, Jorge Rodriguez, was arrested at an unspecified location in Los Angeles County and booked on suspicion of murder. Bail was set at $2 million.

The victim had been reported missing Nov. 15. Saldana said information gathered during the investigation indicated that Rodriguez allegedly killed his mother at a residence in the 3500 block of East 57th Street in Maywood and dumped her body in San Diego County.

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