Crews find body of kayaker who went missing on Hocking River

ATHENS COUNTY, OH (WCMH) — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the body of a kayaker, who went missing Saturday, has been found.

According to the Athens County Emergency Management Agency, Steve Lippson, 40, of Racine, Ohio, had been missing since 2:07pm Saturday. Lippson and five other kayakers were on the Hocking River when they were swept over Whites Mills waterfall. Five of the kayakers were rescued by emergency responders or rescued themselves from the water.

Search and recovery efforts were suspended Saturday night after the water levels of the Hocking River were declared too high. Rescue crews resumed the search at 8am Sunday.

ODNR officials said Lippson’s body was located at 6:30am, Tuesday, along the shoreline about 200 yards downstream of where he was reported missing.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy by the coroner. 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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