By James Gilbert
EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a body found in a canal in Mexico has been identified as a Winterhaven man who was reported missing more than a month ago.
According to Spokesman Lt. Thomas Garcia of the agency’s Winterhaven office, the body is that of 46-year-old Thomas Alvarez, who was last seen by his family at 4 a.m. on April 1.
His vehicle was also found abandoned in Winterhaven.
Garcia said Mexican authorities contacted his office over the weekend informing them they had located Alvarez’s body in a canal in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son.
Garcia said no further details were available at this time because his office is still in the process of receiving reports from Mexican authorities.
Until then, Garcia said, the case remains an open investigation.