Body of missing teen kayaker found in river

Karl Nickens Joseph (Photo courtesy of the Joseph family)

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)– The body of the teen who disappeared after his kayak capsized in Norwich last week has been found in the Shetucket River.

On May 3rd, the kayak that 17-year-old Karl Joseph was in capsized in the Shetucket River behind 751 North Main Street. Police say rescue efforts were successful.

Related: Kayaker reported missing in Shetucket River in Norwich

Norwich Police Department, the Norwich Fire Department, the Connecticut State Police, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and several area volunteer fire companies all assisted in the recovery efforts.

Statement from the Norwich Free Academy:

The Norwich Free Academy community grieves the death of Karl Joseph. Karl was a respected, outgoing, and popular member of the Class of 2016. His smile characterized him. The thoughts and prayers of the entire NFA community are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

Our crisis management team has met and will continue to meet. Counseling and support services available to our students, faculty, and staff during the course of the past week will continue as long as members of the NFA community are in need of them.

On Sunday around 1:45 p.m., Joseph’s body was found in the area of where the kayak capsized. Police say the investigation has so far indicated this was a tragic accident but they will continue investigating with the results from OCME.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Norwich police at 860-886-05561.

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