Missing man’s body found in a Merced County river. His death is ‘suspicious,’ deputies say

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MERCED COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A body pulled from the San Joaquin River was identified as a missing man from San Joaquin County.

On Tuesday around 3:30 a.m., a deputy saw a car parked near Fremont Ford and Great Valley Grasslands State Park on Highway 140.

He ran a check on the license plate and the car came back as belonging to Isamar Iglesias, 27, who had been reported missing eight days earlier to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies along with a K-9 officer and the search and rescue team attempted to locate anyone in the immediate area, and a few hours later they found a body in the river.

The search and rescue team used a shallow water boat and recovered the body. The Merced County Coroner’s Bureau positively identified the body being Iglesias.

The death is being investigated as suspicious, and detectives are looking for any possible information that could help in determining what happened.

The sheriff’s office is asking for anyone with information to call the investigations bureau at 209-385-7472. Your name and information can remain anonymous.

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