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Missing man found dead in Willard Bay

Published April 24, 2010 4:59 pm

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The body of an Idaho man missing for more than a month was found Saturday in Willard Bay.

Fishermen spotted 60-year-old Donald Larkin of Pocatello about 10 a.m. Saturday, said Utah State Parks spokeswoman Deena Loyola.

He took his kayak onto the bay last month, likely a day or so before authorities discovered his abandoned car March 18 at the North Marina, Loyola said.

Five separate searches by park rangers, Box Elder County Sheriff's deputies and a Department of Public Safety helicopter turned up nothing. The last search was held April 8.

His body was found Saturday about 25 feet from the wall of the bay's north dike.

Two Utah State Parks rangers recovered Larkin's remains. He was not wearing a life jacket.

His decomposed body was taken to the State Office of the Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Willard Bay State Park is in Box Elder County, about seven miles southwest of Brigham City.

Loyola warned people to be careful during the spring, when ice runoff swells waterways.

"Let someone know where you're going and when you'll return," she said. "Always wear a life jacket with your craft."

Tribune reporter Bob Mims contributed to this story.

Missing man found dead in Willard Bay