The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the bodies of two men who were determined to have recently drowned in a canal and a river.
A body found in a canal in the community of Waukena on Monday was identified as 84-year-old Francisco Candelaria. The 84-year-old’s vehicle was found Saturday on a canal bank on the 2400 block of Avenue 184, which is about 5 miles east of Corcoran.
Candelario was from Torrance and was considered at-risk because of dementia, the sheriff’s office said.
A neighbor notified authorities Monday that a person was in the canal about a mile and half east of where the vehicle was left. A dive team recovered the body.
There was no evidence of significant trauma to Candelario’s body, the sheriff’s office said, and his death was ruled as a drowning.
In a separate drowning, the body of 47-year-old Andrew Sadillo was recovered near a dam on the 10800 block of Avenue 328 on Sunday.
Sadillo jumped into St. John’s River on March 21, after a sheriff’s deputy contacted him at a homeless encampment, the sheriff’s office said.
Sadillo was on probation for assault with a deadly weapon and had three active arrest warrants.
According to the sheriff’s office, Sadillo gave the deputy a fake name and dropped a meth pipe. When the deputy tried to arrest him he jumped into the river and never resurfaced. A dive team did not find him that day, the sheriff’s office said.
Sadillo’s cause of death was also determined to be a drowning.