Police recover body of man swept away in drainage ditch

Man was camping under bridge when heavy rain fell

San Antonio police have recovered the body of a man who was swept away in a drainage ditch during heavy rain Sunday night.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police have recovered the body of a man who was swept away in a drainage ditch during heavy rain Sunday night.

Officers said that man had been camping under a bridge near Highway 281 and Bitters Road just before the storm hit.

They believe heavy rain pushed him down into the drainage ditch, then the water carried him away.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., police received a 911 call for a water rescue and began searching in the area where the man was last seen.

They say it was with the help of their EAGLE helicopter that they finally located him, about 3 miles away near Wurzbach Parkway and Jones Maltsberger.

Police say the man was dead when they found him.

The medical examiner’s office is working to positively identify him.


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