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Sheriff: 20-year-old Albany man found dead in car submerged upside-down in canal

The sheriff's office asked anyone who may have seen Houser or his car before the crash to contact Deputy Burk Brandt at (541) 967-3950. (Linn County Sheriff's Office photo)

ALBANY, Ore. - Firefighters found a 20-year-old man dead inside his car submerged upside-down in a canal near Albany on Friday morning.

A passing motorist spotted the car around 7:11 a.m.

Firefighters recovered the body of Jonathan Alexander Houser, 20, of Albany from the car, the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators do not know when the crash happened. Houser was scheduled to work at 5 a.m., the sheriff's office said. He was found wearing his seat belt.

Houser was southbound on Three Lakes Road when his 2004 Dodge Neon went off the road for unknown reasons near 40th Avenue, the sheriff's office said.

The vehicle hit an embankment and overturned, landing on its top in the Santiam Albany Canal. The car was found submerged in 5 to 6 feet of water, the sheriff's office said.

The crash remains under investigation.

The sheriff's office asked anyone who may have seen Houser or his car before the crash to contact Deputy Burk Brandt at (541) 967-3950.

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