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Body Pulled From Aqueduct ID’d as Phelan Man

HESPERIA, Calif. ( Authorities identified the body pulled from the aqueduct Monday evening as Alfonzo Mercado, 38, of Phelan.

On Monday, March 27, 2017, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Sheriff’s dispatch received a call regarding a possible body floating in the aqueduct in the area of El Centro Street and Cottonwood Avenue moving toward Ranchero Road.

Deputies from the Hesperia Police Department, County Fire, and a Sheriff’s Dive Team member responded to the aqueduct at Ranchero and 11th. The body was recovered from the water by fire personnel and a dive team member. The Coroner’s Office responded to the location and took possession of the body.

Detectives from the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, responded and are currently conducting a Death Investigation. The victim has been identified as Alfonzo Mercado. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail, Detective Jon Cahow or Sergeant John Gaffney at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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