Death of man found in Gallinas ruled an accident

Death of man found in Gallinas ruled an accident

From the Las Vegas Optic

A man and a woman returning from a fishing trip discovered the body floating in the Gallinas River on Sept. 14, 2019.

“They’re not moving or nothing,” the man told a 911 operator. “They’re just floating.”

Under the bridge at Independence Avenue and River Road, down a treed embankment along the Gallinas Riverwalk, the 911 caller led Las Vegas police officers to the body of 33-year-old Joseph A. Untalan.

Las Vegas firefighters were able to pull Untalan to shore, but tragically, he was already dead, according to LVPD incident reports.

Officers determined Untalan’s identity using a photograph and an ID located in a tent at a nearby camp, one that officers had visited weeks earlier. Police had also arrested Untalan on an outstanding warrant on Aug. 29, 2019. Untalan was released from the San Miguel County Detention Center a week later on an unsecured bond.