Body found in the Auburn canal

Fifth body pulled from waterway since January 2009
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A man’s body was found in a canal debris trap near Mt. Vernon and Merry Knoll roads at around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Someone saw the body and called the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, which contacted the Auburn Police Department, according to Auburn Police Sgt. Victor Pecoraro. The man whose body was found has yet to be identified by the county coroner. Pecoraro said the body had been in the water a while. The body was not in the debris trap as of Tuesday, Pecoraro said, because maintenance crews were working in the area and did not see it. Investigators do not suspect foul play at this time, but Pecoraro said the investigation is still in its infancy. This is the fifth body found in the canal since January 2009, according to previous Journal reports. “The preliminary overview of (these cases) are typically there’s too much alcohol on board and there’s a drowning,” Pecoraro said Wednesday morning, “That’s what it appears to be.” Pecoraro said toxicology reports from previous cases indicate alcohol is a factor and the cause of death is drowning. In March, police pulled 42-year-old Nicasio Garcia-Bonilla’s body out of the water. In February, Larry James’ body was located in the canal. In July 2009, 61-year-old Auburn transient Bradford Newton Ashcroft Jr. was found near the Merry Knoll Road grate and in January 2009 David Lee Miller, a 51-year-old Auburn resident, was found near Edgewood Road. Pecoraro said some of the people recovered from the canal are transients.