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Body found in Bartholomew County river identified as missing Michigan kayaker

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COLUMBUS, Ind. - Indiana Conservation officers confirm that the body of Enrique Quinonez, 27, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been located, over two weeks after he went missing while kayaking in the Flat Rock River.

A passerby noticed something in the water at Mill Race Park and called local police. Quinonez's body was found in four feet of water under a submerged tree, about 150 yards downstream from where he first went missing April 6th.

Quinonez's body was removed from the water and taken to the Columbus Regional Hospital. His family has been notified.

Two weeks ago, Indiana Conservation Officers and the Bartholomew County Water Rescue Team searched unsuccessfully for Quinonez using sonar units and boats.

Quinonez was kayaking with a friend in the flood-swollen Flat Rock River in the Columbus area on April 6 when his boat capsized . High river levels impeded search and rescue efforts.

Officers say Quinonez's kayak capsized near Noblitt Park shortly after he and a friend, Alex Cruz of Columbus, Indiana, launched their boats on the river about 40 miles south of Indianapolis. According to officers, Quinonez wasn't wearing a life jacket and couldn't swim.

Quinonez's friend was able to pull him to a nearby tree, but he apparently lost his grip on the tree and went under water.

"We just want to urge people to be aware and be careful in the water," said Conservation Officer Jet Quillen. "There are dangers out there, and, just looking at the water, you might not think it looks too bad, but once you get closer to that and in that water, you realize how quickly that water is moving."
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