Body pulled from irrigation canal identified

Body pulled from irrigation canal identified

CREATED Aug 14, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

MARICOPA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - The Pinal County Sheriffs Office has identified the body of a man found dead in a rural irrigation canal outside Maricopa as Todd Kibler, 43.

Elias Johnson tells KGUN9 that on August 9, deputies responded to the area of West Peters & Nall Road and North Ralston Rd, West of Maricopa when an employee with the Maricopa‐Stanfield Irrigation District discovered the body of a man floating in the water near a canal gate.

Kibler, of Maricopa, was pulled from the water and transported to the medical examiners office where he was positively identified the following day.

According to Kibler's family, he was last seen on August 5, at a friends home in Maricopa. His family indicated he would commonly go to the irrigation canal to swim.

Kibler's vehicle was discovered upstream, approximately a quarter mile from where his body was

It is believed he went into the water on Sunday evening and never made it out, said Johnson.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the drowning.