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Identity of Roosevelt Drowning Victim

Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following information regarding a drowning at Roosevelt Lake. On August 19, 2017, at approximately 6:09 a.m. the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding an individual who had fallen into the lake near the Cottonwood Cove Area just south of the Marina Boat Ramp. Deputies were dispatched to the scene as well as the Gila County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team who were able to recover the body. The identity of the deceased has been confirmed as Celestino Mendoza, 45 years old from Avondale, AZ. This is an active investigation and further information may be released as it becomes available. Sheriff Shepherd would like to thank the Tonto Basin Fire Department, Forest Service, and the Arizona Game and Fish for their coordinating response.

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