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Missing man recovered from Boise canal, coroner says

Boise police, fire officials recovered body from local canal

Boise Police Department Sgt. Dave Johnson on Wednesday offered some information on a body recovered from Settlers Canal in Boise.
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Boise Police Department Sgt. Dave Johnson on Wednesday offered some information on a body recovered from Settlers Canal in Boise.

A man’s body was located in Settlers Canal about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after a search in the area near Trestle Bridge and the Greenbelt.

The man has been identified as 52-year-old Ruben R. Gonzales, the Ada County Coroner’s Office said. A forensic examination will be done Wednesday afternoon; no foul play is suspected.

The cause and manner of Gonzales’ death will be determined after toxicology tests have been completed.

At a media briefing after the body was recovered, Boise Police Sgt. Dave Johnson said police had been investigating a missing person case.

Gonzales’ family and police had been searching for him along the Boise River over the weekend, KIVI-Channel 6 reported. Gonzales was last known to be staying at a Boise homeless shelter.

Boise emergency crews responded Wednesday morning after a submerged body was spotted by a parks employee about 10:44 a.m. in the canal near the Trestle Bridge and Greenbelt.

An initial emergency medical response was canceled as the rescue response switched to “retrieval” shortly before 11 a.m., according to scanner chatter.

Boise police and the Boise Fire Department’s water rescue team responded to the area of Settlers Canal near the Trestle Bridge, near Shoreline Drive, an Ada County dispatch supervisor said.

During a statement to media after the coroner left the scene, Johnson warned the public to be careful around canals.

“Water is unpredictable, and if you don’t know how to swim it’s very dangerous,” he said.

This is a breaking news report. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

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