Body Found in Canal is Identified

The Benton County Coroner's Officer tells Your Local ABC the body found in a canal yesterday is identified as 31-year-old Alvaro Lopez-Ivarra.

The coroner says the cause of death is fresh water drowning.

The Benton County Sheriff's office has talked to a witness who saw Lopez-Ivarra jump in and out of the canal at the Chandler Power and Pumpimng Plant a few times but didn't notice when he got in and never got out.

Deputies believe alcohol was involved and a toxicology report will be done.

The Benton County Sheriff's office was called out to the Chandler Power and Pumping Plant after a body was found.

An employee at the power plant found Lopez-Ivarra between 10:30 and 11 o'clock yesterday morning and called 9-1-1.

Deputies said they found a California ID on the Lopez-Ivarra.

He was last seen two days ago at a house just down the street from the power plant.

Deputies said he walked off and people were looking for him.

They were unsure of where he was until this afternoon that a plant employee found his body.

Lopez-Ivarra was on a conveyer belt in the canal's weed cleaning system.

The rack pushed Lopez-Ivarra's body onto the conveyer belt.

The water near the area where Lopez-Ivarra was found is around 15 to 20 feet deep but investigators don't know how he got into the Chandler Canal.

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