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Public's help needed to ID canal victim
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The Stanislaus County Coroner's Office hopes the public can provide the identity of the Hispanic man whose body was found submerged in the TID Main Canal in Ceres yesterday morning.

The body was discovered at 10:03 a.m. by a Ceres man who was riding his bicycle along the canal bank in the 2100 block of Hatch Road near Central Avenue.

Tom Killian of the Coroner's Office said the man appears to be in his late 50's. He had a beard, no identification and $1.02 in change in his pockets. The man was not wearing shoes nor a shirt, only blue jeans with a strip of material through the belt loops at act as a belt.

There were no scrapes or wounds consistent with a victim hitting against canal walls or clawing his way out.

Investigators are trying to determine the man's identity, cause of death and reason why his body was in the canal.

Anyone with information asked to call the Coroner's Office at 567-4500.