PCSO identifies man found dead in canal near Maricopa

MARICOPA, AZ - A man's body found in a rural irrigation canal west of the town of Maricopa last week has been identified.

Pinal County Sheriff's officials announced Tuesday the body is that of 43-year-old Todd Kibler of Maricopa.

They say an employee with the Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation District discovered the body floating in the water near a canal gate Thursday.

Kibler's family says he was last seen on Aug. 5 at a friend's home in Maricopa.

They say he would often go to the irrigation canal to swim.

Kibler's vehicle was discovered upstream about a quarter mile from where his body was found.

Authorities say Kibler likely went into the water on Sunday evening and drowned.

They say alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, but the death is being investigated.

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