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Search continues for second man

The search continued at midweek in the California Aqueduct in Lancaster for a missing 78-year-old man whose older brother was found dead in the waterway.

Searchers included personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Services Detail and the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, who resumed their efforts after daybreak.

Approximately two dozen divers were utilizing sonar, and the aqueduct water flow will be controlled to facilitate the search for Grigor Khacheryan, authorities said.

The body of Khacheryan’s 86-year-old brother Minas Khacheryan was found Monday in the aqueduct.

Sheriff’s deputies and personnel from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner responded to 195th Street West and West Avenue G to a report of the discovery of a body under a bridge around 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Investigators have positively identified the body.

An autopsy will determine the cause of Minas Khacheryan’s death. He joined his brother in going from Glendale to the aqueduct to fish, and the brothers’ last known whereabouts was fishing at the aqueduct on Sept. 29.

Foul play is not suspected.

Divers initially began the search for the brothers in the aqueduct at about 2:30 p.m. Sept. 30, sheriff’s Deputy M. Chen told City News Service. The search was suspended later that afternoon because of swift currents.