Body found in irrigation canal identified as Maricopa man

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Investigators on the scene of where a man was found floating in a rural irrigation canal outside Maricopa on Aug. 9. By Jennifer Thomas Investigators on the scene of where a man was found floating in a rural irrigation canal outside Maricopa on Aug. 9. By Jennifer Thomas

MARICOPA, Ariz. -- The body of a man found dead in a rural irrigation canal west of Maricopa has been identified.

The body of Todd Kibler, 43, of Maricopa, was pulled from the water on Thursday after an employee with the Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation District made the discovery near Peters & Nall and Ralston roads.

According to Kibler's family, he was last seen on Aug. 5 at a friend's home in Maricopa. Relatives indicated he would commonly go to the canal to swim.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said Kibler's vehicle was discovered upstream, approximately a quarter mile from where his body was found. It is believed he went into the water in the evening and never made it out.

PCSO spokesman Elias Johnson said alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the drowning.

The investigation is ongoing.