More than two months after his body was found in his own backyard in the Carrick Addition, the man thought to have been murdered by 37 year-old Robert Tessmer has been positively identified as Donald Joseph Hobrecht, age 70, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey announced this morning.

More than two months after his body was found in his own backyard in the Carrick Addition, the man thought to have been murdered by 37 year-old Robert Tessmer has been positively identified as Donald Joseph Hobrecht, age 70, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey this morning.

Robert Henry Tessmer Jr. was booked into Siskiyou County Jail on Oct. 10, after the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit served a search warrant at Hobrecht’s Carrick home.

Preliminary investigation and evidence at the home suggested that Hobrecht had been murdered and disposed of in his own backyard, said Lopey, while Tessmer and “a companion” were occupying his house and driving his vehicle.

Tessmer remains in Siskiyou County Jail with $1 million bail. He’s been charged with one count of murder with the special allegation that this is the second “serious felony” strike against him. Tessmer pled not guilty on Oct. 15, according to Siskiyou County Court records and has his next appearance in court on Thursday Dec. 26.

Although there is no evidence that the companion, who has not been identified, took part in the murder, there is a possibility that she may be charged as an accessory after the fact, Lopey said.

Hobrecht had been the subject of a missing person investigation, which led to the service of the search warrant, Lopey said. The body was recovered on the property in “some state of decomposition.”

DNA testing was used to positively identify Hobrecht as the victim, Lopey said.

Because the victim was an elder and the suspect is “a young, fit adult,” Lopey said the case is “all the more tragic.”