San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Cold Case Team are asking for the public’s help in solving the murder of South Bay resident, Daniel Rodriguez.
On Thursday, October 13, 2005, at about 9:30 P.M., deputies from the Alpine Sheriff’s substation received a call to assist the California Highway Patrol with a person that was lying on the south shoulder of eastbound interstate 8 and Tavern Road in Alpine. The person was later identified as 20-year-old Daniel Rodriguez. He was suffering from a head wound and was treated at the scene by the Alpine Fire Department before being transported, via Mercy Air, to Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa
Initially it was thought that Daniel Rodriguez might have either jumped from the Tavern Road overpass onto the interstate or been the victim of a hit and run. Once at the hospital, medical personnel discovered that Daniel had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Daniel Rodriguez died from his injuries on Sunday, October 16, 2005.
The Sheriff’s Homicide Cold Case Team is asking anyone with information on this case to please call Detective Will Altenhof at (858) 974-2394 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous emails and text messages can be sent via www.sdcrimestoppers.com. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.
Media inquiries should be directed to:
• Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to Lt. Glenn Giannantonio 858-974-2321.
• Questions regarding Crime Stoppers should be directed to Deputy Adriana Uribe at 619-531-1547.
For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous. The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion. The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $1,000. Information must be received on the tip line, (888) 580-8477.