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Sheriff’s office locates missing man at Apache Lake

Divers have located a man who went missing in Apache Lake. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of 37-year-old Rodolfo Ruiz Monday morning.

The MCSO said searchers were looking Sunday for a man who may have drowned. According to deputies, the man went into the water around 2 a.m. but never resurfaced.

Sheriff’s officials began their search 3 a.m. Sunday but could not find the man with diving crews. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s office will continue the search mission at 6 a.m. Monday.

Before entering the water, the man disrupted two groups of campers, knocking over chairs, and falling into a tent and on top of a canopy shade.

The sister-in-law of the missing man identified him as Tucson resident Rodolfo Ruiz, 37, and said he was intoxicated. He left his wife agitated after the two were in a fight, according to the sheriff’s office. His wife later confirmed to investigators he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

A witness saw the victim swimming toward a buoy and used a flashlight to see him flailing his arms and breathing heavily. A group of boaters then attempted to rescue the man but could not pull him into the boat before he was submerged.

There are no signs of foul play.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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