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Investigation on bodies found in canal

March 16, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The county Coroner's Office is investigating whether the bodies of three men found in the All-American Canal on Thursday and Friday east of here were those of undocumented immigrants reported missing days earlier.

County Coroner Investigator Deputy Gary Hayes said there were reports three Mexican nationals entered the All-American aboard a raft about 10 days ago. All three were reported missing.

The first body was found about 11 a.m. Thursday in the All-American near the East Highline Canal east of Calexico. Authorities first reported the body was found near the West Highline Canal.

The second body was found at 10:18 a.m. Friday by U.S. Border Patrol agents in the All-American near the same location. Hayes said that body had likely been in the canal for seven to 10 days.


Identification found with the man stated he was from Chiapas and was 24 years old. The man's name was not released as of Friday.

At 4 p.m. Friday, Border Patrol agents found a third body in the All-American farther west — near the Calexico East Port of Entry.

Identification found with that man stated he was from the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, and was 20 years old. His name also was not released.

Hayes did not know the age of the first man found but did say the man was from Chiapas.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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