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Brawley police officer pulls Westmorland man from canal, but efforts to revive 21-year-old fail

January 03, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A Brawley police sergeant pulled a Westmorland man from a canal this morning at the east edge of the city but efforts to revive the man failed.

Jesus Enriquez, 21, of Westmorland apparently wandered away from family members working to repair his mother's car at a convenience store at Highway 86 and Highway 111 about 11 p.m., said County Coroner's Office Investigator Gary Hayes.

The woman apparently works at a nearby convenience store, Hayes said.

Brawley police Lt. Henry Graham said Enriquez may have walked off from his family to urinate and fell into the canal.

Friends and family members searched the area for 30 to 45 minutes before finding Enriquez at the bottom of the canal, Hayes said.

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Graham said Brawley police Sgt. Mark Gilmore went into the canal to get Enriquez There was a grate across the canal where it went under the highway, Graham said.

Enriquez had been mentally impaired since sustaining brain damage in a motor vehicle accident about four years ago, officials said.

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