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Body presumed to be that of missing kayaker found in Lake Whatcom

A body presumed to a missing kayaker was found Saturday morning, Sept. 5, in Lake Whatcom.

Corey DeFamio, 24, of Mount Vernon, went missing while kayaking in the predawn six days earlier in the general of area of Agate Bay. The night before he’d been partying with friends into the early morning hours.

The kayak he’d been using was found early Monday, full of water and under a dock. The search lasted almost a week.

On Saturday morning sheriff’s deputies were called around 6:15 a.m. about a body sighted floating in the water at 2051 North Shore Drive. The clothing matched what DeFamio wore when he went missing.

“Given the location and the clothing description, we are reasonably certain that the victim is in fact the missing kayaker,” Undersheriff Jeff Parks wrote in a press release.

The Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy and confirm the body’s identity.

A few hours later, DeFamio’s mother, Kathy Buser, posted a note on Facebook thanking the sheriff’s office and the search rescue teams who helped to look for her son.

“Also, to his countless friends who have spent this last week searching the lake,” she wrote. “Corey was truly blessed to have so many friends who cared so much for him.”

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