Crews search for missing kayaker on north Alabama river


ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – Searchers are trying to locate a kayaker who has been missing on a north Alabama river for nearly a day.

Marine Patrol officials say 39-year-old Michael Rynders of Athens was paddling with his girlfriend on the Elk River in Limestone County when she heard him yell about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

News outlets report that she later saw the kayak, but there was no sign of Rynders.

Members of about a half-dozen rescue squads and other groups searched for the man without finding him on Thursday.

Cadaver-sniffing dogs and divers are being used in the search along with underwater scanning equipment.

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