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Calipat man found dead

(Missing Calipatria man found)….34 year old Christopher La Pena was reported missing by his family.

Early Monday morning employees with Ormat discovered his vehicle submerged in a canal near Old Highway 111 and Baughman Road. The California Highway Patrol at first found the vehicle empty, but later discovered La Pena underneath the vehicle. Deputy Coroner Steven Green says he was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP investigation indicates La Pena had been driving northbound on Old Highway 111. They say the vehicle veered to the right off the roadway, over turning into the canal. It appears La Pena was ejected from the vehicle. Green says an autopsy is pending for Friday to determine a cause of death.