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Man found in American River identified by Coroner’s Office

The man whose body was found Monday in the American River near the Capital City Freeway has been identified as 65-year-old James Harold Whitehurst of Sacramento.

His death is classified as an accident on the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office website.

Whitehurst’s body was located Monday afternoon under the Union Pacific railroad bridge near the Capital City Freeway overcrossing, said Chris Harvey, Sacramento Fire Department spokesman.

He said Union Pacific crews were working on top of the bridge about 3 p.m. when they spotted what appeared to be a body in the water and contacted the Fire Department.

Fire Department boat crews recovered the body.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy