Police: Missing kayaker recovered from Rock River identified

Officials recovered the missing kayaker on the Rock River Wednesday night in Lee County, according to a media release.
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 9:40 AM CDT
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LEE Co., Ill. (KWQC) - Officials recovered the missing kayaker on the Rock River Wednesday night in Lee County, according to a media release.

According to police, a body was recovered around 11:40 a.m. from the Rock River near Rock River Estates in Lee County. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Dixon Rural Fire Department, and the Dixon Police Department worked in the recovery efforts.

According to police, 40-year-old James Shirk of Dixon, Illinois was identified as the missing kayaker recovered on the Rock River.

Tuesday around 8:55 p.m. the Dixon Police Department received a report of a missing kayaker on the Rock River, police said. The person was last seen at 2 p.m. on the Rock River in the Custer Avenue boat ramp area.

The kayak has not been recovered as of Thursday morning, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, according to police.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the location of the kayak or other information related to the investigation to call the Dixon Police Department, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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