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Body found in Washington canal after police find empty boat

Authorities say they have recovered a man's body from a canal in Washington state.

The Tacoma News Tribune reported Thursday that the Kitsap County coroner has identified the man as 77-year-old Douglas William Gant of Tacoma.

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office says deputies started looking for Gant after a caller reported a rowboat drifting in Hood Canal near Seabeck, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Seattle.

Authorities say a registration check showed Gant as the boat's owner.

Gant's family says he routinely used the rowboat to reach his sport utility boat moored offshore.

People on a sailboat later spotted his body in the water.

Authorities say an autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause of death.

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