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Body of missing kayaker found in Mississippi River

Officials have identified the kayaker as 39-year-old Donald Worden of St. Cloud.
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Officials recovered the body of a kayaker from the Mississippi River who had been missing for three days.

On Friday around 6:20 p.m., the Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from a boater on the river who was near the St. Germain Street bridge in St. Cloud.

The caller reported what appeared to be "a body floating in the water."

Officials responded soon after and at approximately 6:45 p.m., 39-year-old Donald Worden's body was recovered from the river.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy and is pending results.

Search and recovery crews had been looking for a man — now identified as Worden — after his kayak overturned on the Mississippi River Wednesday near St. Cloud.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, a boater on the river recovered an empty kayak just before 4 p.m. Rescue crews combed the water using sonar and walked the shoreline but weren't able to locate the man, who was believed to be in the kayak when it overturned.

Law enforcement says the man put his kayak in the river near a Holiday gas station in Sartell and was paddling toward Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud.

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