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Body of missing canoeist recovered

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The body of a missing canoeist was recovered on Sunday from Long Lake by a private consulting firm, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is reporting.

According to the DNR, shortly after 12 p.m. Tom Crossman of the Duluth, Minn., firm Crossman Consulting notified officials that the body of Keegan Whaling, 20, had been found at the north end of Long Lake, approximately 60 yards off shore in around eight feet of heavily weeded water.

Whaling’s body was subsequently recovered at 2:30 p.m. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris said that an autopsy and routine toxicology screen were scheduled for today to determine the cause and manner of death, but the DNR has previously said that foul play is not suspected.

Crossman Consulting was cleared by the DNR to conduct search efforts after being sought out by the Whaling family.

Whaling and a companion were canoeing at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, when their craft became unstable in the water and capsized. His companion managed to make shore but Whaling himself was last seen in the water. The DNR, with the assistance of numerous area fire departments, undertook multiple searches of Long Lake in the weeks since but those efforts were hampered by heavy vegetation in the water.


Posted 11/20/2017




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