SANGAMON COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — After an excruciating eleven day search with few answers, parents of missing kayaker Shane Shomidie got news. The 30-year old’s body was found in the river Tuesday morning, just under the 55 Business bridge.
The coroner’s office says his body doesn’t show any signs of trauma. There have been a lot of tears and hugs after the family heard the news.
Many say they’re still in shock and had hoped and prayed he’d be found alive. But, about 10 am, Tuesday, those hopes were crushed when search and rescue crews found the body of a white male, believed to be Shomidie, in the river.
By 2 pm, they confirmed his identity based on tattoos. Shomidie went missing Saturday while kayaking with three friends. They tell police he fell over. His death is still under investigation.
His parents say, while they’re devastated, they’re confident they’ll get answers. The coroner’s office is examining a toxicology report.
Shomidie leaves behind two young daughters, several siblings, other loved ones and a community which loves and misses him.
His parents say they can’t thank everyone enough for the outpouring of love and support. Every day, countless volunteers came to the lake to help search.
While they are obviously in immense pain, they want people to know the support helped make the nightmare a little easier to bear. They say they’re planning a fundraiser.
First responders used sono-technology to locate the body. It allows them to see any abnormalities on the river’s bottom.