The victim has now been identified, by fingerprints, as 33-year-old Vallejo resident David Joshua Barreda (see photo below) – also know as “Johnny Vidal” or “King Rizz.” Barreda was known to have had ties to San Pablo, San Jose, and East Palo Alto as well. The Sacramento County Corner’s Office has determined Barreda’s death was caused by a gunshot wound and they do not believe he was murdered at the location where the vehicle and his body were found.
Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are appealing for the public’s assistance in order to help them solve this murder. Residents in the neighborhood where the vehicle was found have told detectives they remember seeing the vehicle as early as 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2008.
Detectives are urging witnesses who may have seen anyone near the vehicle to call them. They are also urging anyone who may have knowledge as to the whereabouts of David Joshua Barreda during the days and hours leading up to the discovery of his body to please call them at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.