- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

CONGERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a body found in a central Illinois river is a kayaker missing since May 31.

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said Saturday that 24-year-old Abel P. Martinez of Bloomington died of drowning.

Martinez’s family found his body Friday night near the near the U.S. 150 bridge on the Mackinaw River. The area is about 15 miles northwest of Bloomington.

Martinez was kayaking May 31 when his kayak capsized near the bridge, between Goodfield and Congerville.

Rescue workers searched for Martinez over an 18-mile stretch of river.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com

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