Search launched after kayaker spots body floating in Stanislaus River

Authorities on Monday were searching the Stanislaus River after a kayaker spotted what appeared to be a dead body floating in the water.

The kayaker spotted the body floating in the river near Knights Ferry about 9:50 a.m. Monday, said Battalion Chief Eric DeHart of the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.

He said the kayaker found the body floating about a foot deep in the water. The kayaker tried to reach for the body but could not get a good grip, according to DeHart.

About 2 p.m., firefighters were searching the river in two boats. DeHart said the a Stanislaus County sheriff’s helicopter also had joined the search. Authorities also used two drones with cameras to search along the river. But the body had not been found.

The day ended with no body found, and the search will resume Tuesday morning, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department said.

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Rosalio Ahumada writes news stories about criminal court cases in Stanislaus County for The Modesto Bee, issues related to immigration and immigrant communities and breaking news related to crime and public safety. From time to time, he covers the Modesto City Council meetings. He has worked as a news reporter in the Northern San Joaquin Valley since 2004.