A body found floating in the Delta-Mendota Canal on Friday was confirmed Saturday to be a Mountain House man who has been missing for two weeks after his car careened into the water.
The San Joaquin County Coroner’s office released the name as Antwaine Day, 27, who was presumed drowned after his car went into the canal Feb. 10.
The body was found about two miles downstream from Interstate 205, where Day’s car went into the water.
Tracy Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Mason said a man dropped by the station at Schulte and Hansen roads at about 1 p.m. Friday and said he saw a body in the canal. Mason said the man was driving along the canal bank when he saw the body just north of Schulte Road.
The body floated along with the current until firefighters recovered it about a half-mile east of Hansen Road. The coroner arrived and took the body back to the sheriff’s department’s headquarters in French Camp for examination. Day's family was called.
California Highway Patrol officer Robert Rickman said the only information available at the scene was that the person was a black man of undetermined age. Mason said the man had been in the water for at least several days.
Deputy Michael Vallery said there was no identification on the body but there were some personal items and keys. He said the coroner would have to try to identify the man through fingerprints.
Deanna Dixon, Day’s cousin from Fremont, said the family was on its way to French Camp on Friday afternoon. Dixon said earlier Friday that she was stepping up her efforts to get people to search for Day. She said the NAACP had contacted Sheriff Steve Moore, who called Dixon and said the department would search the canal again if she could convince the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority to shut off its pumps temporarily.
She was in the process of calling other sheriff’s departments in Stanislaus, Merced and Fresno counties when she heard that a body had been found in the canal.
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