Mar 272013

TEMPE, Ariz. — Tempe police are trying to figure out what happened to a body they pulled out of the canal just south of U.S. 60 and Priest Drive on Sunday afternoon.

At around 4 p.m. police said a bicycle rider saw what she thought was a body floating in the Western Canal and called police.  Tempe police officers showed up to find a dead man in the water.

Police aren’t sure of the man’s age or how he died.  He had no identification and there were no obvious signs that he slipped or slid into the canal near where the body was found. Water in that area is about 10 feet deep.

Authorities at the scene also weren’t sure how long the man had been in the water but said it had been a fair amount of time.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy this week and try to determine who the person is and how he died.

This is the second body found in a Valley canal in about a week.  Last Sunday Phoenix police found a dead man in the canal near 36th Street and Camelback Road.

The Western Canal multi-purpose path, which runs parallel to the canal, is a popular trail with walkers, runners and bicyclists.

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