Body of missing kayaker found in Delaware County

DELAWARE COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — The body of a missing kayaker was recovered in Alum Creek Tuesday afternoon.

The Berlin Twp. Fire Department confirmed the news just before 4:30pm Tuesday. The man was initially reported missing Monday afternoon. 

A fire department boat with a search crew in it capsized while they were looking for the missing kayaker Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, all the crew members were quickly rescued and no injuries were reported. The ODNR says it’s not unusual for boats to capsize during searches, especially during windy days.

According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, at about 5:28pm, dive crews were called to the northern half of Alum Creek, near US 36/SR 37 on the report of a kayaker who had gone missing.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said a 40-year-old man and woman were out in individual kayaks when they both ended up in the water. The man, who has not been named by investigators, never made it to shore.

ODNR said the man and woman were not wearing lifejackets and there weren’t any on board. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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