Man who drowned while crossing border near Lynden identified


LYNDEN - A man found dead in a muddy ditch at the U.S.-Canadian border had ties to the Atlanta area and Vancouver, B.C.

Suleman Sadruddin Jivani, 44, tried to cross the border sometime in the past three weeks when he slipped in a ditch and drowned at the north edge of a cornfield, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

Canadian border authorities spotted his body on U.S. soil about a half-mile west of the Lynden-Aldergrove border crossing on the afternoon of June 5. Jivani had been trying to cross the border, Parks said, but authorities haven't confirmed if he'd been headed north or south.

An autopsy performed by the Whatcom County Medical Examiner's Office found no signs of foul play. The death is considered an accident.

Jivani - a citizen of neither the U.S. nor Canada - may have been staying with friends in Vancouver, B.C., according to the sheriff's office. Before that he resided in Fayetteville, Ga.

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