2 Bodies found in canal near Gila Bend

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GILA BEND, Ariz. -- Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies recovered the bodies of two missing men Friday from a canal near Gila Bend.

According to the sheriff's office, a man told the Mexican Consulate Thursday afternoon that two men he had been traveling with through the desert went missing when the group swam across a canal.

The Mexican Consulate called the sheriff's office for help, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent ground and air resources to search for the missing men.

After a search of the surface and banks of the canal was unsuccessful, the sheriff's dive team deployed a remotely operated vehicle to search underwater Friday morning.

The sheriff's office said the ROV immediately located the two bodies.

The cause of death is under investigation.