Man found dead after fishing in Southern California; 78-year-old brother remains missing

Man found dead after fishing in Southern California; 78-year-old brother remains missing

Natalie Neysa Alund

Authorities say an 86-year-old man who disappeared late last week during a fishing trip with his brother was found dead under a bridge near an aqueduct in Southern California, while his brother is still missing.

According to a press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, Minas Khacheryan’s body was found on Monday under a bridge in Lancaster, roughly 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

The man’s 78-year-old brother, identified as Grigor Khacheryan, is still missing.

Officials say the cause of death for Minas Khacheryan is pending and will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. As of Wednesday, the department says no foul play is suspected in the man’s death.

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Brother remains missing

Minas Khacheryan’s last known whereabouts was at an aqueduct in Lancaster while fishing with his brother Grigor, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

Officials say the search for Grigor Khacheryan resumed Tuesday morning. About two dozen divers used sonar in the rescue mission and the aqueduct water flow was controlled to facilitate the search, the department reported.


Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the sheriff’s department.

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Natalie Neysa Alund is a senior reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her on X @nataliealund.

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