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FLORENCE — Police and the Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office are working to establish a cause of death for a 26-year-old Florence man whose body was found in a dry canal.

Donald William Garcia had been dead for perhaps two weeks when farmworkers found his body south of Canal Street and Sellers Road on the evening of Sept. 10. There were no obvious signs of trauma, and Florence Police at this time do not believe it was a homicide, Police Chief Bruce Walls said.

“The Medical Examiner’s Office is going to provide a report to let us know if there is something outstanding, but right now it doesn’t look like that,” Walls said. Garcia was identified with the help of some of his belongings nearby.


Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at

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