No information about body in canal near Los Banos

Published: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013 - 11:20 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Authorities confirmed Thursday that a body was pulled from a canal, although the circumstances about what happened remain under investigation.

The identity of the person has not been released, pending notification of family or next of kin, according to Delray Shelton, Merced County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Shelton said the department's dive team arrived at a section of canal near Badger Flat Road and Ingomar Grade at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

An autopsy was scheduled for late Thursday, Shelton said.

The California Highway Patrol is lead investigating agency on the incident. It's unknown whether the death was accidental or if foul play was involved.

The area where the body was found is less than five miles outside of Los Banos.

The Los Banos Police Department, Merced County Sheriff's Department and CHP responded.

-- Enterprise Staff

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