Missing kayaker’s body found in North Carolina marsh

Published 8:48 pm Sunday, July 24, 2022

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The body of a North Carolina kayaker who was reported missing by family members was recovered on Thursday, a sheriff’s office said.

James David Smith, 58, of Greensboro went into the water on Wednesday afternoon in Beaufort, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Smith last spoke with a family member at around 7 p.m., more than three hours after he put his kayak into the water, the sheriff’s office said.

Family members became concerned when Smith hadn’t returned by sunset. He had been vacationing with the family for the week, according to the sheriff’s office, which said he was reported missing around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Smith’s body was located by boaters who saw a man near the marsh next to an overturned kayak about 200 yards off the end of Bettie Path Road in the North River, the news release said.