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Missing 31-year-old man visiting from Saudia Arabia found dead in Lake Erie

Posted at 9:25 AM, Jan 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-30 09:25:18-05

CLEVELAND — A News 5 photographer witnessed first responders pulling a body from Lake Erie around midnight. The Medical Examiner's office confirms the body was that of Abdulrahman Alanazi. He was deceased, according to EMS, when he was discovered at 900 East 9th Street at the Northcoast Harbor.

According to Cleveland Police, Alanazi was visiting Cleveland from Saudi Arabia and was reported missing on Jan. 27 after spending time with a group of people on the East 9th Street Pier the evening before. Police were told he was intoxicated, and as the group left the pier, Alanazi couldn't be located, initiating a search.

The Coast Guard was contacted by Cleveland Police and conducted a search for five hours the morning of Jan. 27. The search spanned from the East 9th Street Pier to Voinovich Park and west of the pier past FirstEnergy Stadium. Alanazi was not found at that time.

Cleveland police's homicide unit was requested at the scene where Alazani was found this morning and is investigating the incident.

The cause of death and further details surrounding his death are unknown at this time. News 5 is working to find out more details.

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