ARIZONA NEWS

Body of man snorkeling at Gila River in Goodyear recovered

Nov 6, 2023, 7:34 PM

police lights on a cop car...

(Public Domain Photo)

(Public Domain Photo)

PHOENIX — Divers recovered the body of the man who went underwater Sunday evening in the Gila River in Goodyear, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews found 53-year-old Carlos Sanchez just after 3 p.m. Monday.

Around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, MCSO deputies responded to the area of 139th Avenue and Indian Springs Road about “unknown trouble,” a female yelling for help.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they were told by Sanchez’s girlfriend that he had gone under the water while snorkeling and hadn’t resurfaced.

Officials said Avondale Police officers and MCSO deputies searched the area for anyone in the water. In addition, the MCSO helicopter flew over the river bottom but was unsuccessful in the search. Authorities suspended the search until Monday morning when they could get assistance from the MCSO Dive Team.

On Monday morning, the dive team deployed divers and an underwater robot (ROV) in the river.

According to the girlfriend, the couple was snorkeling for a ring in the river. While they were in the river, she felt a current take them under and Sanchez did not resurface. The girlfriend said he was a good swimmer and that they were familiar with the area.

Sanchez’s body was turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities said no foul play is suspected.

The case remains open and is pending toxicology reports.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

UoA student convicted of first-degree murder after killing professor...

Associated Press

Former Arizona grad student convicted of first-degree murder in 2022 shooting of professor

A former University of Arizona grad student was convicted of first-degree murder after fatally shooting a professor on campus two years ago.

3 hours ago

(Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Photo)...

KTAR.com

Elderly woman presumed dead in northern Arizona after reporting her house on fire

An elderly woman was believed to have been found dead in her northern Arizona home after she had reported that it caught fire on Saturday.

4 hours ago

fall off Gilbert multi-story parking garage...

KTAR.com

19-year-old dies after falling from Gilbert parking garage, police say

Police said 19-year-old Mubasher Masood died after falling off the top of a Gilbert multi-story parking garage.

5 hours ago

Gas prices are on the decline in Arizona. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)...

Danny Shapiro

Arizona gas prices on the fall heading into Memorial Day weekend

Arizona drivers will get the benefit of decreasing gas prices heading into Memorial Day weekend.

7 hours ago

Surprise man killed his two children in murder-suicide, police say...

Serena O'Sullivan

Surprise father killed his 2 children in murder-suicide, police say

A Surprise man killed his two children in an apparent murder-suicide on May 20, 2024, according to police.

7 hours ago

Follow @KTAR923...

Sponsored Content by Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

Sponsored Articles

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

Body of man snorkeling at Gila River in Goodyear recovered