April 16, 2024
As a result of onset of darkness, search-and-recovery efforts had been postponed till Thursday morning. Authorities then situated the our bodies and referred to as in metropolis lifeguards to recuperate them from the river. Photograph by way of OnScene.TV

One among two our bodies discovered floating within the Tijuana River Channel in late February, a 36-year-old man from Mexico, has been recognized as a sufferer of a murder, police mentioned Wednesday.

Rodolfo Agosto Castillo-Ancona of Mexico had trauma to his higher physique that indicated he was a murder sufferer, mentioned Lt. Steve Shebloski of the San Diego Police Division.

The second man had no apparent indicators of harm that indicated he was the sufferer of against the law, Shebloski mentioned. He has been recognized however his identify isn’t being launched pending household notifications and additional examination by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Workplace.

The our bodies had been found within the river channel on Feb. 22 by SDPD officers who had been notified the day earlier than by the U.S. Border Patrol, who mentioned there was a potential physique floating within the channel subsequent to the 3000 block of Dairy Mart Highway in San Ysidro, the lieutenant mentioned.

“This space is a big flood plain which had been flooded in current weeks on account of heavy rain,” Shebloski mentioned. “Officers from Southern Division responded and checked the realm. Nevertheless, on account of poor lighting circumstances, a robust water move, vegetation and particles within the river, they weren’t capable of find a physique.”

The next day at about 6:50 a.m., officers returned to the realm to renew the search, Shebloski mentioned. With the help of a helicopter from the Border Patrol, officers situated two our bodies within the channel close to a big pile of amassed particles.

Officers consulted with officers from the San Diego Hearth Division River Rescue Staff, who in the end had been capable of recuperate each our bodies from the river.

“It’s undetermined if the deaths of the 2 males are associated in any approach or if their our bodies ended up on the identical location as a result of current heavy rains and robust currents within the river that led to their discovery in a location the place a considerable amount of particles had amassed inside the river,” Shebloski mentioned.

The investigation is ongoing and anybody with details about the deaths was requested to name the SDPD Murder Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

–Metropolis Information Service