WINTERHAVEN -- The suspicious death of a 22-year-old Winterhaven man whose body was located on Sunday morning near Aaron Road and the All-American Canal has prompted a homicide investigation.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Rufus Garcia Jr. died of an apparent gunshot wound to the head, said county Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jimmy Duran.

Details about the ongoing investigation remain scarce, although Duran did state that investigators encountered “suspicious circumstances” surrounding the death.

Garcia’s body was reportedly discovered at about 6:25 a.m. Sunday near the canal bank by Imperial Irrigation District personnel, Duran said. 

Anyone with information regarding Garcia’s death is asked to contact Imperial County Sheriff’s Office investigators at 442-265-2021 or submit a tip online at

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