An 81-year-old woman, whose body was discovered Tuesday night in Alpine, was reported missing two weeks ago, according to the Los Angeles sheriff’s department.
Officials said the victim’s own son, 53-year-old Jorge Rodriquez, was booked into jail for murder. He is being held on $2 million bond.
Authorities believe Rodriguez murdered his elderly mother in Los Angeles County, then dumped her body in Alpine.
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Family members reported the woman missing from Maywood on Nov. 15, according to LASD. LASD did not release the woman's name in a news release sent Wednesday afternoon.
After receiving a tip from Los Angeles County homicide investigators, San Diego sheriff’s deputies found the woman’s body at 616 Alpine Heights Road.
The location was a 20-acre piece of property on a stretch of road east of Harbison Canyon Road and south of Interstate 8.
“That’s a dead end road, and that’s not a heavily trafficked street and not a well-known street to other people than Alpinians,” said Dawn August, who owns the property.
The incident has left people who live in the quiet East County community on edge.
“That’s a shock, especially so close to my home,” said resident Jeanine Adams-Kotz.
“To think that our property was a dumping ground for a person,” August said.
“I’m very relieved, though, that it’s not related to Alpine, an Alpine crime, that it is something outside this area,” she added.
Rodriquez was arrested in Los Angeles and remains in jail.
Alpine is a small community approximately 30 miles east of downtown San Diego.