Grand Junction man, 23, drowned in Redlands canal

The body found in a Redlands canal Saturday has been identified as a 23-year-old Grand Junction man who drowned accidentally, the Mesa County Coroner’s Office said.

The victim was Troy Dixon, the Coroner’s Office said.

Dixon’s body was reported to be in a canal at 1950 South Broadway by a person who called 911 at 9:50 p.m., according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. The caller did not seem to know the victim and likely pulled the man from the canal, according to Mesa County sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin.

A mo-ped was found more than 2,000 feet from the body, sheriff’s Deputy Garrett Henderson said. The mo-ped appeared to have crashed, Henderson said, adding it was not immediately clear whether the person found in the canal had been driving the mo-ped. The Colorado State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Department with an investigation.

Staff writer Melinda Mawdsley contributed to this report.


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