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Men who drowned in Tulare County identified by sheriff’s office

Francisco Candelario ,84, from Torrance.
Francisco Candelario ,84, from Torrance. Tulare County Sheirff's Office

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.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo


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