Police nearly sure who man was found in canal

A man reported as missing since April of this year has been tied to a vehicle found this past Tuesday morning in an irrigation canal. He’s been identified as Jose Luis Ramirez Soto, 33, of Sunnyside.

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said the body in the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck has not yet been definitively confirmed as Ramirez Soto. An autopsy today will confirm the identity of the deceased and hopefully determine the cause of death.

Ramirez Soto was reported missing to Sunnyside police in April of this year. Deputies said the vehicle was likely in the water for months before it was discovered and there is no evidence of foul play.


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