Body of missing kayaker recovered in Elk River

Body of missing kayaker recovered in Elk River

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - The body of the kayaker who disappeared in the Elk River has been located.

39-year-old Michael Rynders of Athens disappeared late Wednesday night on the river near Sportsman’s Park.

A body was recovered in the river Friday morning. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency later confirmed it is Rynders.

Authorities say his kayak capsized, and his girlfriend heard him yell before he disappeared in the river.

Rynders was not wearing a life jacket, which authorities say is particularly risky on that river.

His body was found in the area where search dogs indicated it was.

Officials say it took a day and a half for the body to come to the surface.

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