Body of missing Perry County kayaker found


DERBY — Authorities who had been looking for a missing Perry County kayaker located his body Tuesday.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a missing person on the afternoon of March 1 and located the victim’s truck parked near the floodwaters of Poison Creek, south of Derby. Shortly afterward, according to Indiana Conservation Officers, the victim’s partially submerged kayak was located in the water.

Authorities initially responded with scuba divers, sonar, and a remote operated vehicle with a submersible camera. Multiple agencies searched by boat, kayak, and foot; however, their efforts were hampered by flood debris and thick vegetation.

Conservation officers and sheriff’s deputies resumed their search for the missing kayaker Tuesday morning. A conservation officer located the body of a male in approximately 3 feet of water in the vicinity of the capsized kayak just before 9:30 a.m.

The male was later identified by the Perry County Coroner’s Office as missing kayaker Scott Whitehead, according to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.

An autopsy is planned to determine cause of death.

Fire department personnel from Troy, Central Perry and Anderson Township have assisted, as has Perry County Rescue, the Perry County Emergency Management Agency and Indiana State Police.

After the recovery, the sheriff’s department also thanked the many volunteers who assisted.

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