Missing kayaker identified

By Journal Staff

MARQUETTE — The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post released the name of the kayaker whose body was recovered from Lake Superior earlier this month.

Troopers were dispatched to a report of a missing person at about 8:50 p.m. on March 12.

MSP said Ayala Lopez, an approximately 30- year-old male from out of the area, was found dead in Marquette’s lower harbor at around 9 p.m. on the same day.

Information obtained during the investigation led troopers to believe that the missing person had gone kayaking at the lower harbor in Marquette.

Troopers, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and Marquette Police Department, attempted to locate the kayaker in this area, at which time they located an unoccupied kayak that had washed ashore.

No foul play is suspected.


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