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Missing kayaker's body found in Klamath Lake after days of searching

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Klamath County Sheriff's Office divers found the man's body on Friday after four days of searching.

Posted: May 29, 2020 6:14 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The body of a kayaker who overturned on Klamath Lake has been discovered four days after he disappeared, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

52-year-old Roger Combs was reported missing on the evening of May 25, when he is believed to have overturned in a kayak launched from the Modoc Point area near Chiloquin. Deputies responded around 6:30 p.m. that evening.

Earlier in the week, the Sheriff's Office was hopeful that Combs might still be alive. Although his kayak had been found, some flotation devices were missing.

The Sheriff's Office said that is used a variety of air, land, and water resources over the intervening four days in an attempt to find Combs. Ultimately, it was a team of volunteers from KCSO Dive Rescue and Small Boat Rescue using side-scan sonar who found his body.

Patrol and marine deputies helped recover Combs body and bring it in to shore.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Combs and our thanks go out to the volunteers, deputies, and citizens who spent many hours in the search and recovery of Mr. Combs,” said Sheriff Chris Kaber.

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