Benton County Sheriff Deputies have identified the man whose body was found in a canal near Benton City.
UPDATE/BENTON CITY, WA - Benton County Sheriff Deputies have identified the man whose body was found in a canal near Benton City.
Deputies say the death of 31-year-old Alvaro Lopez-Ivarra seems to be accidental. They believe the man may have been drinking, but results from the toxicology report will take 6 to 8 weeks.
The Benton County Coroner no longer plans to perform at autopsy. He says there is enough evidence to determine Lopez-Ivarra fell in the canal and drowned.
BENTON CITY, WA - The Benton County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a man's body was found in a canal at the Chandler Power Station just outside Benton City.
Deputies say the man is Hispanic between 25 and 35 years old. An employee at the plant found the man around 10:30 Wednesday morning on a conveyor belt. The plant has an automated raking system that catches debris and dumps it onto the belt.
"The employees were here between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. to determine if they needed to manually turn on the conveyor belt, that the weeds are raked into, to clean the system out. It's then, they contacted the 911 center that they had found a body," said Sgt. Bob Brockman, Benton Co. Sheriff's Office.
The man's friends tell deputies he was last seen Tuesday afternoon walking away from a house nearby. Investigators say it doesn't appear the man was in the water for a long time and they don't suspect foul play.
"He has some cuts and scrapes and things, but we're uncertain at this time if those are from being in the canal, against the wall of the canal and things like that," said Benton Co. Coroner John Hansens.
The coroner will perform an autopsy on the man's body within the next day or so.