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Body found in Drop 4 of All-American Canal on Saturday

August 07, 2001

BONDS CORNER — U.S. Border Patrol agents found the body of a suspected undocumented immigrant in the All-American Canal on Saturday.

The body of Manuel Jesus Espinoza-Viegas, 40, was identified Monday by his brother, said Imperial County Coroner Investigator Rick Williams.

Espinoza-Viegas' body was found at 11:27 a.m. Saturday at Drop 4 on the canal, Williams said.

Determination of the cause of death is pending an autopsy scheduled for today.

Williams said Espinoza-Viegas' body will be taken back to his home in the Mexican state of Sonora.

Drop 4 is in the desert east of Bonds Corner, along the stretch of the All-American that runs parallel with Highway 98.

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