Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 34-year-old man found shot to death in the back seat of his vehicle in El Monte last week had been reported missing in Los Angeles by his girlfriend 10 days earlier, authorities said Wenesday.

The body of Rodolfo Alvina of La Puente was found about 2 p.m. Friday near Cogswell and Ferris roads after El Monte police officers responded to a call of a man down, Deputy Ryan Rouzan said.

“Officers arrived and saw a male unresponsive in the back seat of a vehicle, parked along the curb of the location,” Rouzan said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

An initial investigation revealed that Avina’s girlfriend had reported him missing on Nov. 24 out of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Division patrol area east of downtown, according to the sheriff’s department.

The vehicle in which his body was found was registered to Avina, according to the sheriff’s department.

It’s unclear where he was killed or how long the vehicle had been parked at the location, officials said.

Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau detectives were assisting El Monte police in the death investigation.

— City News Service

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