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Authorities identify West Virginia kayaker found dead along New River in Giles County

His body was found nearly a mile down the river from the kayak

A kayaker found dead on the New River was identified as William Ellis Glover from West Virginia.

GILES COUNTY, Va.UPDATE - (Aug. 10, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.)

The Department of Wildlife Resources identified a kayaker found dead on the New River in Giles County Friday evening.

Authorities said William Ellis Glover, of Bluefield, West Virginia, was the man who died.

Officials said a cause of death has not been determined, but it appears to have been a medical emergency.


ORIGINAL STORY

Authorities are investigating what led up to the death of a West Virginia man who was kayaking along the New River in Giles County, according to the Department of Wildlife Resources.

His body was found about 0.75 miles down the river from the kayak on Friday; however, authorities said he was wearing his personal flotation device.

Another boater along the river called the incident in.

It is believed that he launched this morning.

Authorities are working to notify the man’s family.


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