- Associated Press - Monday, February 20, 2017

ALLYN, Wash. (AP) - The Mason County Coroner’s office has identified the body found in Case Inlet on Friday as the kayaker who went missing last month.

The Olympian reports (https://bit.ly/2lF0Mp1 ) that an autopsy on Monday determined that it the body found was 31-year-old Andrew Wayne Aldrich.

Coroner Wes Stockwell says Aldrich likely died of saltwater drowning.

Aldrich departed in a kayak from a friend’s boat in North Bay on Jan. 4. He was later reported missing.

The Coast Guard previously said Aldrich was last seen in his kayak without a life vest. He planned to paddle 300 yards from a vessel anchored near Case Inlet to his car.

Coast Guard crews found an empty kayak in North Bay the next morning but a Coast Guard search failed to find Aldrich.

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Information from: The Olympian, https://www.theolympian.com


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