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Missing kayaker’s body found in Lake Erie

The body of missing kayaker Andrew C. Lasek was found in Lake Erie on Tuesday morning after an air and water search by American and Canadian teams.

Lasek’s blue kayak, with a fishing pole inside, was found at about 8:25 a.m. about 4 nautical miles due north of Sturgeon Point.

His body was found at about 10:45 a.m. about a mile off shore from Sturgeon Point Marina, Town of Evans, where he was last seen Sunday afternoon, the Coast Guard said.

Lasek’s body was found about 4 miles from where his kayak was discovered, said Paul R. Angelillo, search and rescue commander for the Coast Guard.

Search and rescue personnel also found Lasek’s backpack during their search.

The search for Lasek included aircraft and boats from Coast Guard stations in Detroit and Elizabeth City, N.C., as well as Canadian personnel based in Trenton, Ont., Angelillo said. Local agencies also participated.

Lasek, 42, of North Tonawanda, departed from the marina toward Evans Town Park at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.

Police officials said he was reportedly wearing a personal floatation device.

His vehicle and other personal effects remained at the marina Monday.

Evans police and the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office handled the investigation.