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News Release
Update on Missing Kayaker - 04/29/22



CORVALLIS, Ore. – After a five-day search, the second missing kayaker, Mariana Dukes, was located deceased on the Long Tom River today, April 29.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office was on the scene, south of Monroe, with Mariana’s family, who recovered her body by canoe, approximately 75 yards downriver of a fish ladder in Lane County.

“Again I’d like to thank all the agencies and volunteers for their help over the last five days, as well as private property owners who willingly allowed access to the river and their resources,” stated Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall. “While we’re all processing this tragedy, we ask members of the media to allow the families space to grieve the loss of Mariana and Joseph.”

BCSO received overwhelming assistance from Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue, Lane County Sheriff's Office Water Rescue, Linn County Water Rescue, Albany Fire & Rescue Water Rescue Team, Benton County's Mary's Peak Search & Rescue, Benton County's SkySAR Air Unit, Region 3 K9, Junction City Water District, Army Corp of Engineering, Henderson Aviation, and the City of Monroe.