Traverse City News and Events

Body Of Missing Kayaker Found

By Beth Milligan | Oct. 4, 2018

The body of missing kayaker Randy Robert Day was found and recovered by authorities in West Grand Traverse Bay Wednesday.

Day, 42, had been missing since September 24 after venturing out solo on a kayak into West Bay. His kayak was found off of Neahtawanta Point on one side of the bay and his backpack and cell phone on the other side, near Suttons Bay in Leelanau County. On Wednesday, authorities - who were using side scan sonar and underwater remote controlled vehicles to search for Day - zeroed in on an area of interest off Neahtawanta Point. Day's body was located and recovered by Grand Traverse and Leelanau County Sheriff's Office divers Wednesday at approximately noon.

According to the Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office, the Grand Traverse County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine a cause and manner of death. Multiple agencies contributed to the department's search for Day, including the Michigan State Police, Roscommon County Sheriff's Department, Antrim County Sheriff's Office, United States Coast Guard, Peninsula Fire and EMS, Northwestern Michigan College, Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office, and Grand Traverse Tribal Band Conservation Department.

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