Dead body is found in east Carson City ditch |

Dead body is found in east Carson City ditch

F.T. Norton

Police are investigating the death of a man found face down in a water-filled drainage ditch Saturday morning in east Carson City.

A weed-abatement employee discovered the body of Philip Proell, 44, about 9:15 a.m. in the ditch at the Carson City freeway construction site on Russell Road, said Carson City Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Miller.

A receipt found near Proell’s body led investigators to Tequila Dan’s Mexican Restaurant where they were told of an incident the previous evening when a customer left without paying for his meal.

According to the dispatch log, about 7 p.m. the manager of Tequila Dan’s called 911 saying a “very intoxicated” man left the restaurant without paying his $10 check.

The caller said he followed the man and saw him head toward Foothill Garden Apartments. Police tried to locate the suspect but were unable to do so.

Detective Sgt. Bob White said investigators have determined Proell was that man. Tequila Dan’s is about two blocks from where Proell’s body was found.

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White said there are no signs of trauma to the body.

“We are investigating his activities over the previous 24-hour period to find out what he was doing and what his condition was,” Sheriff Kenny Furlong said. “We do have an arrest history on him and the charges are all alcohol related, so it appears he had a very serious drinking problem.”

An autopsy is expected to be performed Monday.