LANCASTER – The search continued Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the California Aqueduct in Lancaster for 78-year-old Grigor Khacheryan, whose older brother — 86-year-old Minas Khacheryan — was found dead in the waterway Monday afternoon.
Searchers included personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Services Detail and the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, who resumed their efforts after daybreak.
Approximately two dozen divers were utilizing sonar, and the aqueduct water flow will be controlled to facilitate the search for Grigor Khacheryan, authorities said.
The elder brother was found around 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2. Sheriff’s deputies and personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner responded to 195th Street West and West Avenue G to a report of the discovery of a body under a bridge. Investigators later identified the body as Minas Khacheryan. An autopsy will determine his cause of death. Foul play is not suspected.
The brothers had traveled from Glendale to the aqueduct to fish, and their last known whereabouts was fishing at the aqueduct on Friday, Sept. 29. Divers initially began the search for the brothers in the aqueduct at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, sheriff’s Deputy M. Chen told City News Service. The search was suspended later Saturday afternoon.
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