UPDATE: Crews find body of missing kayaker

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s a sad ending to the search for a kayaker reported missing in Pike County.

According to Kentucky State Police, the body of 47-year-old Paris Smith was recovered from the Big Sandy River on Friday around 11 a.m.

Crews have been searching for Smith since he disappeared Wednesday night while kayaking with a group in the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River.

State police say he was found in the Coal Run area.

The investigation remains open, according to police.

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