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Authorities try to identify body found near Santa Ana River in Huntington Beach

Authorities are trying to identify the body of a man discovered Wednesday on the shore of the Santa Ana River near Huntington Beach that appeared to have been in the water for days.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said the man appeared to be in his mid-20s and  was wearing only shorts and a thin T-shirt. Authorities suspect that he may have been swimming or rafting in the river  during last week’s storms, according to sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.

Investigators said they did not believe the man was a transient because of the clothes he was wearing. They also said it was unlikely that the body  was that of a missing 14-year-old who was caught in rapid waters during  a storm.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

-- Monte Morin

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