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Divers recover body from Dos Palos canal

The body of a 54-year-old man was found in a Dos Palos canal Friday afternoon, the Merced County Sheriff's Department confirmed.

Joe Price, of South Dos Palos, was found by Dos Palos Police Chief Barry Mann in a canal just south of the Dos Palos District Cemetery. Price was reported missing on Monday by his mother, who said she hadn't seen him since the previous Friday.

The sheriff's department dive team recovered his body in an irrigation canal at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Investigators don't suspect foul play, said sheriff's spokesman Tom Mackenzie. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Mackenzie said Mann was patrolling the canal bank because it was on a route normally taken by Price on his way into town.

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