El Sobrante: Body found decomposed; arrest made


The discovery of a decomposed body of a 64-year-old man in an El Sobrante man has led to the arrest of a 48-year-old man who lived with him, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

On Wednesday about 4:05 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance at an apartment building on the 4800 block of Appian Way in El Sobrante. Arriving deputies discovered the body of 64-year-old John Birdseye Sussdorff of El Sobrante. An autopsy revealed the cause of death as blunt force chest injury and sharp force head injury, the sheriff’s office said.

Detectives later identified 48-year-old Anthony Mark Rodriguez of El Sobrante as a suspect in the homicide. He was arrested and later booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. Detectives say the two knew each other and had lived in the same residence.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, email: [email protected] or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.