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Investigators are searching for a missing canoer

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- Officials are searching for a canoer reported missing since July 21.

The incident happened on the St. Joseph River near the Jasper Dairy Boat Launch in Royalton Township.

At approximately 6:47 p.m. July 21, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) received a call about a missing kayaker on the river.

The BCSO Marine Division conducted a search of the St. Joseph River where they managed to locate the canoe -- the canoer still missing.

The missing canoer is presumed to be a 35-year-old male from the Kalamazoo, Michigan area.

The BCSO Marine Dive Team and Marine Division will be continuing a search of the St. Joseph River and surrounding area.

The search continued July 22 with two search and rescue boats carrying six divers.

Rescuers say the search is complicated due to several factors including bogged trees along the riverfront.

Authorities don't believe weather was a factor at this time and it's unknown if the man was wearing a life jacket.

22 members from the Kalamazoo Paddle Club have volunteered to aid in the search.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to contact the Berrien County Central Dispatch Office at 269-983-7141.

Agencies involved in the search include the BCSO, the BCSO Dive Team and the BCSO Marine Division.

This is a developing story.

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