Body discovered in H Street drainage ditch

Published on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 by Steve Guntli

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A man’s body was discovered in a drainage ditch on H Street just outside of Lynden on June 5. 

On June 9, the Whatcom County Sherriff’s Office identified the victim as Suleman Sadruddin Jivani, 44, of Fayetteville, Georgia. It is believed that Jivani had been visiting friends in Vancouver, B.C. 

The cause of death was declared asphyxia by freshwater drowning. Canadian border authorities discovered the body around noon on June 5. The victim appears to have drowned in one of the six-foot deep drainage ditches that line the north side of the street, approximately half a mile from the Guide Meridian. 

According to a press release from the Whatcom County Sherriff’s Office, there has been no indication of foul play or suicide, and the death is being ruled an accident. The sheriff’s office believes Jivani drowned approximately two weeks before he was found.

It is unknown if Jivani was attempting to cross the border into the U.S. or Canada when he suffered his accident. He was a citizen of neither the U.S. or Canada and it is believed his citizenship is either Pakistani or Indian. Since the body was located on the U.S. side of the border, Whatcom County officials have assumed jurisdiction over the investigation. The victim’s body was released to his next of kin on June 9.