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UPDATE: Coroner's Officer Identifies Body in Outlook Canal as Jose Ramirez-Soto

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OUTLOOK, WA. -- The Yakima County Coroner's Office has identified the body found in a canal outside of Outlook this week.


The coroner determined that 33-year old Jose Ramirez-Soto drowned while trying to escape from his Chevy Silverado pick-up when it fell into the canal.


A toxicology report has been sent to the state lab. Ramirez-Soto was reported missing in Sunnyside last April. 



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OUTLOOK, WA. -- Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a body they discovered in a truck that was submerged in a canal outside Outlook. 

Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies found a 2008 Silverado stuck in the canal Tuesday morning. In that truck they found the body of a man.. The car is believed to have been stuck in this canal for several months and the recently lowered water levels revealed the truck and it's gruesome contents. 

Mike Meadows lives nearby. He was driving his ATV when he saw something unusual buried deep in the mud. 

"I came down here riding on my 4-wheeler," Mike Meadows said. "And I came up here and I look and I see this object sticking out of there. I couldn't really tell what it was. So I went down the road and turned around and came back and I could see a windshield and a window."

Sheriff's deputies believe the body could be a man from Sunnyside who went missing in April. Deputies also say they don't suspect that any foul play was involved at this point. 

Deputies have sent the body to the Yakima County Coroner's Office for an autopsy that will happen some time in the next couple days. 

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YAKIMA COUNTY, WA - Yakima County Deputies found a body inside a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning near Outlook.The truck was in a canal near Independence road and Price road. 

Deputies have reason to believe the body is a Sunnyside man who went missing in April. 

They have yet to identify the body.

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