Monday , 24 October 2016
(photo by Steven Brittain, for Victor Valley News)
(photo by Steven Brittain, for Victor Valley News)

BREAKING: Body Surfaces in Aqueduct; Believed To Be Missing Man

HESPERIA, Calif: ( A body believed to be that of 62-year-old Michael Paul Croy Sr. was located in the California Aqueduct on Monday, August 1st.

Per scanner traffic, at about 5:20 p.m. dispatch received a call reporting a body found in the Aqueduct near the area of Farmington Street and 7th Avenue.

Authorities responded and immediately confirmed there was, in fact, a body in the Aqueduct.

Croy Sr. went missing at about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30th. When authorities arrived at the scene, they located his dog Maximus wet and muddy next to Croy’s Dodge Ram pickup truck, along with his two other dogs inside the truck and the engine running.

Katrina Croy, daughter in law of the missing man, told Victor Valley News the family strongly believes Croy Sr. went into the Aqueduct in an attempt to rescue one of his dogs.

A dive team, along with a Sheriff’s aviation helicopter, and about a dozen other personnel assisted during the extensive two-day search. At about noon on Sunday the search was officially suspended.

(photo by Steven Brittain, for Victor Valley News)
(photo by Steven Brittain, for Victor Valley News)

Cori-Lynne Croy commented in Victor Valley News and said, “Thank you all so much. We know it’s our dad so please continue to say a prayer and light a candle for our dad tonight.”

This tragedy has sent emotional shockwaves to residents of the Victor Valley. Many of whom never personally met Croy Sr., but can’t help to feel heartbroken and devastated for the Croy’s.

Hundreds of Victor Valley News members have expressed deep sorrow and sent condolences to the Croys as they watched the tragedy unfold over the past several days.

Authorities have requested the San Bernardino Coroners to respond to the scene. San Bernardino County Fire will assist the sheriff’s department in recovering the body from the Aqueduct.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

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