Rodrell Matthews, left, in his obituary photo and Antavis Ivey in a mugshot from the DeKalb County jail.

Fisherman finds body of DeKalb homicide victim dumped in South River

DeKalb County police said they have charged a man with concealing a death and tampering with evidence after he allegedly helped ditch a homicide victim’s body in South River.

A fisherman found the body last Friday and a few days later officers got a tip that led to Antavis Ivey, police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. Ivey, who was arrested Tuesday hasn’t been charged with taking part in the death, only helping hide the body of 34-year-old Rodrell Matthews.

Police said there are suspects who are expected to be charged with the homicide itself, but declined to release the names. The motive isn’t yet clear.

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Warrants obtained through a records request by the AJC suggest police believe Matthews’ body was dumped in the water around last Thursday. The fisherman found the body near the intersection of River Road and River Vista Road, which is in the Ellenwood area off Snapfinger Road.

Police said they found Ivey and the other still at-large suspects after a tipster told officers about a car that allegedly transported the body to the river. 

Further information hasn’t been released.

Ivey remained in the county jail Friday.

Information about Matthews wasn’t immediately available, but an online notice says his funeral is in Alabama.

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