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Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 1:13 pm

Death of man found in canal ruled a suicide

Authorities say the death of a Tempe man whose body was found in a canal last summer has been ruled a suicide.

The body of 47-year-old Jeffrey Ahlers was pulled from the Western Canal near Tempe’s Kiwanis Park on June 3. Friends say Ahlers frequently walked along the canal in the early morning hours.

Tempe police say Ahlers purchased a gun that was discovered in the canal in November. Authorities concluded he shot himself in the head and fell into the canal.

A report from the Arizona Medical Examiner concluded that the case is a suicide.

The Arizona Republic says Ahlers had been treated for anxiety and depression and had stopped taking medications about a year before he walked away from his home on June 1.

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