Divers found the body of a 22-year-old Santa Ana man at the bottom of a catch basin alongside the Santa Ana River on Thursday morning, police said.
Antonio Esparza, apparently the victim of an accidental drowning, was fishing Wednesday evening in the Lakeview basin with a friend. He "apparently . . . tried to swim across the basin for an unknown reason and disappeared beneath the surface," Police Lt. Bob Puckett said.
Police called in divers from the Sheriff's Department to search for Esparza, but they were forced to quit because of darkness. Shortly after the search resumed Thursday, the body was found in about 25 feet of water, Puckett said. Esparza was fully clothed except for shoes, Puckett said. The man's fishing pole was found on the pond's bank.
The body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and police believe that the drowning was accidental, a spokesman said. An investigation is continuing, however.