Body found in swift-moving Santee canal

Posted at 12:05 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 20:59:25-05

SAN DIEGO - A deceased man was found floating in a rain-swollen waterway in Santee Tuesday.

The unidentified body was drifting to the north in Forester Creek when a passer-by spotted it shortly before 11 a.m., according to authorities.

A short time later, sheriff's deputies found the corpse lodged in foliage in a stretch of the stream alongside Prospect Avenue in Santee, just west of Cuyamaca Street, said Richard Smith, acting chief of the Santee Fire Department.

A dive team from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department was called in to assist and had the body out of the creek by 11:45 a.m., Smith said.

The county Medical Examiner's Office was summoned to take custody of the body -- who appeared to be a man in his 40s -- for identification and autopsy purposes.