Authorities identify 37-year-old man found dead in canal near Mercedes

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After a three-day search, authorities said Tuesday that they had recovered the body of a man who apparently drowned in a canal south of Mercedes.

The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, local firefighters and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department participated in search.

Sgt. Frank Medrano, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, identified the man as Jose Miguel Ibarra-Montes, 37, of Progreso.

Investigators believe Ibarra-Montes drowned while fishing in the canal.

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