El Paso, Texas (KTSM) Construction workers spotted human remains in a south El Paso canal just before 5 p.m. Friday evening.
The initial call was dispatched to the report of human remains discovered in the 1700 block of Delta Dr. around 4:56 p.m. Firefighters were able to spot the body stuck in the mud at the canals edge.
The water rescue team was dispatched to remove the human remains and were able to recover the body of a man around 7:22 p.m.
“The canal system is meant to move water quickly,” Water Rescue Captain Kristian Menendez said. “At the surface the water appears to be moving slowly, but the center of the canal is the fastest moving part. Also many times many of the people who jump into the canal system believe that because the water is shallow they can make it across easily. The force of the water is such that it pushes you down stream and requires good swimming techniques.”
El Paso Police have confirmed that their Crimes Against Persons Unit is investigating the discovery, but have not called it suspicious.
No word on how the man ended up in the canal or how long it had been there before being discovered.