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Search continues on Schuylkill River for missing kayaker near King of Prussia [Map]

KING OF PRUSSIA – Search efforts to locate a 70-year-old man resumed Wednesday, two days after not returning home from a fishing trip, according to the Upper Merion Township Police Department.

The law enforcement agency was first contacted around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday by West Norriton Township police officers regarding the missing person, according to a statement issued Wednesday.

The man had reportedly gone on a fishing trip on Monday, according to police. He was last seen wearing a bright orange flotation device, along with a grey hat, light-colored possibly blue shirt, and grey shorts.

The man had first traveled to launch his kayak out of the Upper Merion Township boathouse, located at 400 Falls View Drive, King of Prussia. A police investigation revealed the man had posted a selfie to social media around 12:40 p.m. Monday.

Police received a call around 2 p.m. from a resident reporting that someone was shouting about 1.1 miles from the boathouse. The resident stated he’d “heard a male calling for help in the area of the woods and Schuylkill River,” police said.

Police responded to the area but Chief Thomas Nolan said officers “could not hear or locate anyone in need of help.” Additionally, the Upper Merion Crew Team took their boats from the boathouse around 4 p.m. Monday and headed upstream, but Nolan said “nothing out of the ordinary was reported by any of the crew members at that time.”

The missing boater’s Toyota RAV4 was found by police on Tuesday at the boathouse, which prompted a larger scale search effort involving local police officers, fire crews and other Montgomery County emergency services personnel.

The missing boater’s kayak was found around 4 p.m. Tuesday “at the base of the dam, near the middle of the river,” while other personal items were discovered entwined in a downed tree around 1,000 feet upstream from the boathouse, police said. The missing boater remained at large. Efforts continued until 8 p.m. Tuesday and picked up again Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact the Upper Merion Police Department at 610-265-3232 or submit a tip online to www.uppermerionpolice.org.


Source: Berkshire mont

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