Police ID body found in Mesa canal

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A body was found in a canal near Eighth Street and Stapley Drive in Mesa. By Jennifer Thomas A body was found in a canal near Eighth Street and Stapley Drive in Mesa. By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police have released the identity of a body found floating in a canal Monday night.

The Mesa police helicopter spotted the man's body in the water near Eighth Street and Stapley Drive at around 8 p.m.

The victim has been identified as Kristopher Ritter, 26, of Mesa.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine his cause of death.