Police seek public's help to identify body found in Tempe canal

Sketch of body found in Tempe canal

Police released a composite sketch of a man whose body was found in a Tempe canal.


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on February 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 3 at 11:50 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police are asking for the public's help to identify a body found in a canal Sunday afternoon.

A bicyclist saw the body floating in the Western Canal just south of U.S. 60 and Priest Drive at about 4 p.m., according to police spokesman Sgt. Michael Pooley.

Police and fire personnel arrived on scene and located a man's body floating in the water. Water in the area was about 10 feet deep.

The Tempe Fire Dive Team pulled the body out of the water. Police did not find any identification on him.

The body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Pooley said there was no sign of foul play and the investigation is continuing.

The body is described as a black male, late 20s to late 30s, medium build, wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes with black designs and no tattoos. 

Police have released a composite sketch of the man in hopes someone will be able to identify him.

Anyone with information is requested to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311.