Stolen Kayak Returned To Man On 10-Week Trek

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A kayak stolen from a California man who was passing through St. Cloud on a 10-week trip down the Mississippi River was been discovered in the Elk River.

The St. Cloud Times reports that Jeffrey Pearson of California spent the night in St. Cloud on Friday. When he returned on Saturday to the spot where he had locked up his gear, it was gone.

Pearson had planned to cut his trip short and fly back to California, but then a woman called police Sunday morning after finding the kayak washed up against some brush along the Elk River.

Pearson’s clothes, navigational charts, VHF marine radio and other gear were not recovered. A local resident has offered to lend him enough supplies to finish the trip.

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