Missing kayaker’s body found in the Tallapoosa River Wednesday morning

TALLASSEE, Ala. — Another river drowning has claimed the life of a kayaker.

31-year-old Charles Stewart’s kayak tipped over and sent him into the waters of the Tallapoosa River.

According to Corporal Jess Thornton with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Stewart went missing sometime around 5 p.m. Tuesday while he was kayaking in the river. A search party was called in, but had to call off efforts around 7:30 p.m.

Stewart’s body was found after the search resumed Wednesday morning. He was found shortly before 11:30 a.m. ET.

According to Thornton, Stewart was not wearing a personal flotation device and he was with another kayaker on the river.

News 3 reached out to Elmore County Coroner Brad Linville who was on the scene, but have not heard back from him at this time.

ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division and Aviation Unit were assisted by: the Tallassee Fire Department, Tallassee Police Department, Friendship Fire Department, Elmore County EMA, Haynes Ambulance, Haynes Lifeflight, Elmore County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, Division Delta Dive Team, Montgomery Fire Department Dive Team, Search and Rescue of Elmore County, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as well as civilian bystanders.

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