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Body Found in Tempe Town Lake Identified as Willie Jigba. Autopsy Finds No Signs of Trauma

The Tempe Police Department announced this afternoon that the body found in Tempe Town Lake last week has been tentatively identified as Willie Jigba, a Tempe man reported missing earlier this month.

On Friday, the body was found floating in the lake just outside of a search area dive crews had been investigating two days prior to finding the body.

Tempe police say there are no signs of trauma on the body and preliminary findings are consistent with a drowning.

Jigba was last seen leaving a party in the 600 block of East Weber Drive in Tempe on January 15. Jigba couldn't find a ride and left the party alone. His path home took him directly past Tempe Town Lake, and he hasn't been heard from since.


Jigba was supposed to start a new job the next day, but never showed up. His family, Tempe police say, reported him missing that night.

Police say they're treating the case as a "death investigation," and say there is nothing to suggest foul play. 

Tempe police say the Medical Examiner is awaiting dental records to confirm the identity, which could take several days.

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