Missing kayaker recovered

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UPDATE:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WCIA)– The Sangamon County Coroner says 59-year-old Donal Ellis was pronounced dead after Springfield Fire Department divers found him in Lake Springfield Friday evening.

The coroner’s office says there were no signs of foul play but, an autopsy will be done on Monday in Springfield to clarify the facts surrounding this death.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Divers have recovered the body of a missing kayaker in Lake Springfield.

They are not releasing the man’s name until his family has been notified.

They started searching around 3 p.m. Someone who lives near Lindsay Bridge said they heard cries for help.

When crews got to the scene, they found a kayak and life jacket. Sonar boats and divers were used in the search. Choppy waters and wind made the search difficult.

Springfield firefighters, conservation police and the Sangamon County Rescue Squad dive team are on the scene.

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