Body of missing kayaker found near Salem

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by KGW staff

NWCN.com

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 6:08 PM

SALEM – A woman accidentally drowned while kayaking in waters in Minto-Brown Island Park sometime last week, deputies said.

Search and rescuers found the body of 59-year-old Sharon Mangan Saturday around 10:20 a.m. after discovering her kayak Friday night, said Lt. Steve Birr with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Mangan reportedly drowned after her kayak capsized in a slough in a remote area off the Willamette River. The water was very cold and authorities said Mangan was relatively inexperienced at kayaking.

Authorities said she was wearing a life jacket.

Officials spotted Mangan’s truck in the park on Tuesday and she was reported missing on Thursday, Birr said.

Mangan worked at Oregon State Hospital as a Mental Health Therapy Technician.

"Sharon worked at OSH since May 2009, and was well-liked by her co-workers and patients. Hers is a significant loss to the OSH family, as it is to her own family. To all of her co-workers and friends, I extend my most sincere condolences on your loss," said OHS Superintendent Greg Roberts in a statement to KGW.

 

 

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