Aug 072012

PEORIA, AZ – Authorities said they have found the body of a man who drowned at Lake Pleasant Saturday.

The man went missing after he and two other men stole two canoes from the Maricopa County Flood District.

Peoria police spokesman Jay Davies said the three men were out at the lake Saturday when they stole the canoes.

One man got into a canoe by himself and somehow fell out and the other two jumped out of the second canoe into the water after him.

Davies said there was a struggle among the three men, and the man who had fallen into the lake went under water and did not resurface.

Police started searching for the man Saturday night, but did not find his body until Sunday morning.

The other two men Edwardo Mercado, and Julian Tamayo were able to swim to shore and were detained by people from a private lodge nearby until police arrived.

The two men were taken to a local hospital for dehydration.

Davies said both men were from El Mirage, one 20 years old and the other 26.

They were taken into custody and possibly face theft or burglary and trespassing charges, according to Davies.

Davies said an investigation continues into whether this was an accidental drowning or a possible homicide.

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