Nov 042011

Yavapai County deputies found an unidentified man’s body floating in Verde River Saturday evening in what has been ruled an accidental death, officials said.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies had responded to a report of a body floating in Verde River near the intersection of State Routes 260 and 89A when they found the remains, according to a report.

The body removed from the water was that of a 6-foot tall Native American man in his 20s. The man had an untreated and recently broken right tibia which may have caused him to walk with a limp shortly before his death, officials said.

An autopsy conducted Sunday determined cause of death was drowning and ruled the death accidental. The autopsy also revealed multiple tattoos on the man’s body which may lead to identification.

Further details will be released as the investigation moves forward.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

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