Police find body of missing, wanted man in western Nebraska canal; autopsy says he drowned

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GOTHENBURG, Nebraska — Authorities say the body of a missing and wanted Gothenburg man has been found in a western Nebraska canal.

The Kearney Hub reports (http://bit.ly/1m3cvHq ) that Gothenburg police Thursday night found the body of 34-year-old James Michael Houchin in the Cozad Canal just south of the town.

Houchin had been reported missing Tuesday. Dawson County officials had issued an arrest warrant for him Thursday on a charge of burglary. Court records say Houchin was accused of stealing prescription painkillers. Houchin had been released from jail on June 16 after being convicted in April of burglary for stealing prescription pills from a home in 2013.

Authorities say an autopsy showed Houchin drowned. An investigation into his death continues.

Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/

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