- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - Federal and state authorities have ended a search for a Kasilof (kuh-SEE’-lauf) man missing on an ocean kayak outing.

The Peninsula Clarion (http://bit.ly/1qsoKjI) reports 38-year-old Leif Osmar on Tuesday paddled into Cook Inlet from near the Kasilof River.

Family members told Alaska State Troopers they found his truck Tuesday afternoon on the beach near the family’s fish camp.

Osmar was reported missing Wednesday by his father, Dean Osmar, the 1984 champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Osmar’s 13-foot blue kayak was found capsized Wednesday a mile off Clam Gulch. Troopers found a life jacket 300 yards from the kayak.

The Coast Guard suspended its helicopter and cutter search late Thursday afternoon.

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Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, http://www.peninsulaclarion.com

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