Man whose body was found in a canal near Ephrata had drowned

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The Grant County coroner says a Soap Lake man whose body was found in a canal last week died of drowning.

The body of Benjamin Buckles, 39, was found in the canal near Ephrata last Thursday along Road J Northwest.

Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison said though he was able to conclude Buckles drowned, the manner of his death is undermined.