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Body in canal identified as missing Yakima teen

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YAKIMA--The Yakima County Coroner says the body found Thursday in a canal near Granger is 19-year-old Joseph Ezequiel John.

John's body was badly decomposed when Yakama Nation Tribal Police found it Thursday afternoon in the Marion Drain canal near Highway 22 and South Track Road.

Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins believes it was in the canal for several months.  He identified John through dental records.

Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies have been searching for John all year in connection to the death of Fernando Figueroa.

Like John, Figueroa was found dead in the Marion Drain canal.  He had been shot several times and wrapped in plastic before apparently being dumped in the canal.

Hawkins has not yet determined how John died.  An autopsy is planned for Saturday.

Watch KNDO Local News tonight at 5, 6 or 11 p.m. for more, and check back in Saturday for results on the autopsy.