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Body of illegal immigrant found in Drop 2of All-American this morning

May 21, 2001

HOLTVILLE — Imperial County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Drop 2 of the All-American Canal this morning to recover the body of a suspected undocumented immigrant.

County Coroner's Office Investigator Gary Hayes received a call shortly before 8 a.m. informing him Imperial Irrigation District employees had discovered a floating body in one of the bays near Drop 2.

Hayes, who was en route to the scene this morning, said he thinks the body is that of a male, based on preliminary information given to him.

The place where the body was discovered is a common spot for bodies of undocumented immigrants to be found, leading Hayes to think the body may be that of someone who had been trying to cross into this country illegally.

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