Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Man Found In Canal Identified

A body recovered from a canal in Golden Gate by deputies Monday afternoon has been identified as Carlos Rojas, 22.

A passer-by discovered a body in the canal near the intersection of 39th Street Southwest and 13th Avenue Southwest shortly after 3 p.m. Monday and contacted the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO dive team responded and removed the body.

Detectives used fingerprints to identify Rojas of 5570 16th Place S.W. in Golden Gate.
Detectives said his death does not appear to be suspicious at this time.

Rojas’ live-in girlfriend reported him missing around 1 a.m. Monday. She told CCSO detectives that Rojas had left their home around 5:30 p.m. Saturday to get a haircut and never returned.

She said she went looking for him and found him with friends at Bamboo Garden, 12215 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate, about 10:30 p.m. She said she returned home without Rojas, expecting he would return home later, but he never did. Rojas did not have a vehicle or bicycle and walked anywhere he needed to go.