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Search underway for kayaker missing in White River

Posted at 11:04 AM, May 27, 2019

May 30 Update | Missing Kayaker's body found

WHITE COUNTY — A search is underway for a kayaker who went underwater early Monday morning and never resurfaced.

Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the Tippecanoe River just south of the Norway Dam in White County around 8:20 a.m Monday, according to a press release from Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Witnesses told officers they saw the man go under the water while they were fishing.

The man, Stephen Pitts, 58, of Indianapolis, is still missing Monday evening, according to the release. He was last seen wearing tan shorts and a yellow shirt. Pitts had a life jacket while in the kayak, but was not wearing it.

Witnesses told authorities they say Pitts and another man pulled by the current toward the dam, according to the release. Due to the recent rain, a 20-30 foot wall of water was created near the dam and forced the kayak to capsize.

This is the fourth water rescue since Thursday for DNR officers. Crews are still searching for a 4-year-old boy who was swept away in a Delphi creek on Thursday and a man who went missing while swimming in the White River in Indianapolis on Saturday. Sunday evening, DNR officers also recovered the body of a man who drowned while swimming in Monroe Lake over the weekend.

Crews will continue their search on the White River today as long as the weather permits.