A man was found dead Tuesday after a vehicle was reported to have entered an aqueduct in Hesperia.
Emergency personnel work on an SUV that was pulled from the aqueduct near Main Street in Hesperia Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (Photo by William Wilson Lewis III, Contributing Photographer)
The California Highway Patrol’s Victorville station said deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a vehicle in an aqueduct near Main Street in Hesperia at around 9:30 a.m.
Once on scene, officials said the Sheriff’s Department found a damaged portion of fence and a license plate near that fence. That license plate was connected to a vehicle belonging to a missing person.
The CHP said the Sheriff’s Department called its dive team after tracks were found leading into the water. During the dive, the team found a green 1997 Ford Explorer beneath the water and a man’s body in the vehicle.
A CHP press release said the man was found dead, but gave no indication as to a possible time or cause of death.
There was also no immediate information on when the initial crash into the aqueduct happened.
Officer Robert Grieve with the CHP said it took over the investigation due to the California Aqueduct being the state’s property.
The California Aqueduct carries water from Northern California into Central and Southern California.
Grieve noted that the man’s identity would be released after he was identified and family were notified.
Anyone with information on the crash can contact Officer Brandon Vessels at 760 241-1186.