HESPERIA — Authorities released the identity of the man found dead in the California Aqueduct near Halinor Street on Aug. 1.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner said the body of Michael Paul Croy Sr., of Hesperia, was found in the aqueduct. According to the Sheriff-Coroner’s report, Croy’s body was pinned against a flow restriction gate, roughly four miles from the spot where he was last seen on July 30.
Croy, 62, was reportedly last seen shortly after 9:30 a.m. when a witness traveling Main Street told sheriff’s officials they saw a man bobbing his head up and down in the aqueduct before disappearing under water.
Hesperia Sheriff’s Station units and the Sheriff's dive team searched the California Aqueduct for Croy on Saturday and Sunday, until the search was suspended “until further notice,” authorities previously said.
Croy was presumed drowned and a missing person’s report was filed.
Units from the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station were notified of the body a little before 5:20 p.m. on Aug. 1 after a person reported seeing a body. San Bernardino County Fire Department and Sheriff-Coroner officials also responded.
At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Aug. 1, a yellow bag was observed being pulled from the aqueduct. But positive identification was not made until later that night.
The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.
Michael Croy Jr., 34, previously told the Daily Press he believed his father had been walking his service dog for exercise per his morning routine, and he suggested the dog may have fallen into the water first, leading his father to go in afterward to save the dog. Croy said he found his father's truck running and the dog covered in mud upon arriving on scene after receiving the call that something had happened. Croy’s glasses were also found near the California Aqueduct.
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