Police: Body of missing teen kayaker found in waters near Hampton Bays

Riverhead police say they have found the body of an 18-year-old kayaker

News 12 Staff

Jan 3, 2021, 11:34 AM

Updated 1,202 days ago

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Riverhead police say they have found the body of an 18-year-old kayaker who went missing Saturday.
They say they were called out to search for Raistlin Ruther Saturday afternoon after he failed to return from a kayak trip in the Great Peconic Bay.
Several police and fire departments joined the search.
The Coast Guard first located a capsized kayak.
About an hour after the discovery, Ruther’s body was found in the waters off Hampton Bays.


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