Man found in ditch identified

By: KKCO 11 News Email
By: KKCO 11 News Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Authorities have identifed the male whose body was found in a ditch off of South Broadway Saturday night. According to a release from Mesa County Coroner's Office, 23-year-old Troy Dixon died from drowning in the ditch. His death has been ruled an accident.

Heather Benjamin, spokesperson for Mesa County Sheriff's Office, said deputies received a call around 9:40 p.m. Saturday night from a resident who lived near 1950 S. Broadway. The man reported finding a male body in the irrigation ditch near his home.

Benjamin said the resident was able to pull the body from the ditch before deputies arrived on scene. She said the incident was not considered suspicious, but said that could change depending on the investigation.

A moped accident that occured a few hours before the body was found, and occured a half mile down the road, is likely linked to the death, Benjamin said. The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the incident.

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