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Authorities Pull Body Floating in San Diego River Channel

 After multiple reports and searches over the course of a week, authorities pulled a body out of the San Diego River Channel in El Cajon Monday. 

A citizen called El Cajon Police around 11:33 a.m., reporting at least one body floating in the river. Officers were able to locate the body and followed it to Prospect Avenue and Cuyamaca Street near the El Cajon and Santee border. 

By the time crews reached it, the body was up on the side of the channel and caught in some brush, Santee Fire officials said. 

The Santee Fire Battalion Chief told NBC7 they had been receiving reports of a body from residents for as long as a week ago, but didn't find the body until today. San Diego Sheriff's deputies and San Diego Lifeguards assisted in the recovery. 

The body is believed to be that of a man in his 40s. 

The cause of death and manner of death are unclear, though authorities on scene said it appeared as if the man had been in the water for some time. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office has recovered the body and will make that determination.  

No further information was immediately available.

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