Body Of Missing Bismarck Kayaker Recovered In Missouri River

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The body of a Bismarck kayaker who went missing earlier this month was recovered by a fisherman, who brought it to shore.

Joby Seagren, 41, went missing June 5 while kayaking with friends on the Missouri River in the Kimball Bottoms area south of Bismarck.

The Bismarck Tribune reported that a fisherman found his body Monday in the main channel of the river about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) south of where Seagren went missing, according to Burleigh County Sheriff’s Maj. Gary Schaffer. The fisherman brought the body to shore and contacted authorities.

After Seagren went missing, emergency responders and volunteers searched for him with sonar equipment, a drone and a North Dakota Highway Patrol airplane. Rescue teams later suspended the underwater search but kept up aerial searches.

Authorities don’t suspect foul play in Seagren’s death. Schaffer said his body showed “no obvious trauma," but an autopsy will be conducted.