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Body found Saturday in canal linked to three other deaths

March 18, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — County Coroner's Office investigators think a body found in the All- American Canal on Saturday afternoon may have been that of a man who had been traveling with three other men who drowned in the canal last week.

The body was found by Imperial Irrigation District employees about 3:18 p.m. Saturday in the All-American Canal near Vencil Road and Highway 98.

County Coroner Investigator Deputy Gary Hayes said the man was traveling with the three other men whose bodies were found last week in the canal.

Hayes said a Mexican registration card the man was carrying had an address of the state of Chiapas. The age of the fourth man found was not available this morning.

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The bodies of the three other men who were reported missing last week were found Thursday and Friday by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

The first body was found about 11 a.m. Thursday in the All-American Canal near the East Highline Canal east of Calexico. Hayes did not know the age of the man but said he was from Chiapas.

The second body was found at 10:18 a.m. Friday by Border Patrol agents in the All-American near the same location. Identification found with the man stated he was from Chiapas and was 24 years old.

At 4 p.m. agents found the third body in the All-American farther west near the Calexico East Port of Entry. Identification found with the man stated he was from the state of Guanajuato and was 20 years old.

Names of the victims were not yet available today.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon contributed to the story.

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