Body of missing Tempe man found in canal with gunshot wound

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TEMPE – A body found floating in a canal late Thursday afternoon is that of a missing Tempe man.

Police say an SRP employee discovered the corpse of 47-year-old Jeffrey Ahlers in the water near Kyrene and Baseline Road. Police say he never returned home from his morning walk on Tuesday.

Investigators noticed injuries to Ahler's body which the Medical Examiner's Office determined were consistent with a gunshot wound.

Detectives say they do not yet know if his death was a suicide or a homicide. The investigation is ongoing.