Archive for Monday, April 28, 2008

Officials investigating body found is Kaw as that of missing De Soto man

April 28, 2008

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether a body found in the Kansas River this morning is that of a canoeist who went missing more than a week ago.

According to reports, fishermen found the body about 8:30 a.m. near 78th Street and Holiday Drive in Kansas City, Kan.

Douglas County Sheriff officers are on the scene, Lt. Kari Wempe said. She was unsure of how long it would take to make a determination on whether the body is that of Shaun Shaw. On April 19, the 26-year-old De Soto man went missing on the Kansas River near Eudora when his canoe tipped over.

"We will have to wait and see," Wempe said.

Throughout the week, authorities had searched for Shaw, who was with two friends hunting for mushrooms when the accident occurred. This weekend, the sheriff's office announced the search had ceased.

Shaw and his friends were hunting mushrooms on the Wakarusa River on April 19, when they hit rough waters near the Weaver Bottoms, about a mile and half from Eudora. The canoe floated from the Wakarusa into the Kansas River, where it capsized. Shaw's friends were able to make it to shore.

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