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Man’s body found inside SUV pulled from aqueduct in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Sheriff’s officials confirmed a vehicle was pulled from the aqueduct and a deceased male was located inside on Tuesday afternoon.

Just before 9:30 am, on May 28, 2019, deputies responded to the bridge that crosses over the aqueduct on Main Street in Hesperia.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller told Victor Valley News an employee of the California Department of Water reported possible tire tracks near the aqueduct.

Since the California Aqueduct is state property, officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the incident.

According to a California Highway Patrol news release, deputies located a damaged portion of perimeter fence near the Aldi’s market.

“A license plate was recovered near the portion of fence which returned to a Missing Person vehicle,” stated the release.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dive Team were requested to the scene. The divers entered the frigid waters and pulled a green 1997 Ford Explorer with a male occupant still inside.

Miller said at this time, the identity of the victim is unknown, and it is unknown when the vehicle entered the water. “Homicide will not be responding and there is no indication of foul play,” state Miller.

CHP said the coroner is listing the male as a John Doe pending scientific identification.

The incident is still under investigation by CHP Officer Vessels and anyone with information is asked to call the Victorville CHP station at (760)241–1186.

Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

(photo by Joe Rovira)

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