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Body of missing kayaker found in Diamond Lake, Sheriff's Office says

Search and rescue teams finished the search for a missing kayaker at Diamond Lake on Thursday after his body was recovered.

Posted: Jul 10, 2020 10:08 AM

DIAMOND LAKE, Ore. — Search teams have recovered the body of a kayaker who went missing on Diamond Lake, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The search for 37-year-old Jared Bruce Boria of Vancouver, Washington began on Tuesday night, after dispatchers received reports of a man yelling for help from the water at Diamond Lake. Shortly after those initial calls, dispatch received a missing persons report.

Boria had been camping at the nearby campground. On Tuesday night, he reportedly took a kayak and paddled out into the lake without a life jacket.

"Deputies spoke to several witnesses who reported hearing a male in distress yelling from the water, but were unable to see anyone," DCSO said.

An initial search by deputies, firefighters, and other first responders could not find Boria or the kayak.

On Wednesday, search teams conducted a more extensive search of lake — finding Boria's kayak, paddle, and shoes. They did not find the missing man, however.

Around 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, dispatch received a report that the body of a man had been discovered at the lake. Marine deputies and the the Douglas County Medical Examiner responded to the scene, later identifying the body as Boria's.

"The Sheriff's Office extends its deepest condolences to the family of Jared," DCSO Sgt. Brad O'Dell said. "There were numerous man hours and resources spent searching for Jared so his family and friends could have some answers. Our hearts go out to them."

A number of agencies, including SAR teams from Jackson, Klamath, and Coos counties, aided in the search. Searchers used boats equipped with underwater scanners, dive teams, SAR ground teams, K9 teams, and air support from both Jackson County SAR and REACH Air Medical Services.

"The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to extend its thanks to all of the agencies and personnel involved," the agency said.

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