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Body recovered from Turlock area canal

POSTED July 4, 2017 9:37 a.m.

Authorities pulled a man's body from a canal along the outskirts of Turlock on Sunday, marking the third such incident in recent weeks.

The identity of the man is pending positive identification. He was a 55-year-old man with no known hometown, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. Investigators believe the man was a transient and are trying to determine what he was doing in the area.

Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department and the Turlock Rural Fire Department were summoned to the Lateral 5 canal beside West Harding Road between Lander Avenue and Walnut Road, for a report of a body in the canal.

The Turlock Irrigation District was able to slow the water flow in the canal and the emergency responders recovered the body.

A cause of death is pending an autopsy. The sheriff's department is investigating the death.

The Turlock Rural Fire Department reminds people that the canals are the private property of the Turlock Irrigation District. Canals are currently at peak flow and are very cold and should not be used as swimming holes. In the past few weeks emergency responders have pulled two other bodies out of area canals.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the incident to call Detective Wyatt at 525-7091.

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