CAPITOLA -- Emergency crews pulled a man's body from the swollen Soquel Creek around 11 a.m. Friday, said Marquis Booth, a detective with the Capitola Police Department.
A resident went to look at the creek where it runs behind the Nob Hill grocery store in Bay Avenue and spotted a submerged body. The citizen called 911 just after 10:30 a.m. and crews were dispatched to the scene.
Officers arrived and found a middle-aged white man, wearing dark clothes, dead in the water.
The cause of death is being investigated, Booth said, and police did not yet know how long the man had been dead.
As of Friday evening, the man's identity had not been released.
Foul play isn't suspected, Chief Rudy Escalante said.
In an odd twist, a missing person flyer was posted close to where the body was found. According to the flyer, Capitola police are looking for 47-year-old Christaan Dewaard, who was last seen between Nov. 12 and 15. He has a history of alcoholism and medical seizures. Police did not yet know whether the body was that of Dewaard.
An autopsy is pending.
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