A woman's body was found behind a Concord business Wednesday and surveillance-camera footage quickly led police to a suspect in her slaying, Concord police said today.
Rickie Keefer, a 58-year-old transient was arrested Thursday when police found him sleeping in a vehicle, police said. The victim's name has not been released pending notification of relatives, according to the Contra Costa County coroner's office.
The woman was found by a security guard Wednesday night during his regular rounds at a business in the 2700 block of Clayton Road, near Oakland Avenue, police said. The body was on the ground in a fenced-in enclosure near a dumpster behind the business.
The guard called police who determined the woman was dead and was the apparent victim of a homicide. Video from several security cameras in the area provided investigators with clear images of Keefer, "coming and going from the crime scene," police said.
On Thursday, a Concord police officer on patrol spotted Keefer's car. Keefer was found sleeping inside and was taken into custody.
Keefer's last address was in Antioch, but it appeared he was living out of his car, police said. He has previous convictions in Illinois for robbery and burglary, and in California for burglary, theft and narcotics-related crimes, police said.
Anyone with information about the slaying is asked to contact Detective Phalen at (925) 603-5858, or call the anonymous tip line at (925) 603-5836.