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Body Pulled From Ohio River in Newburgh Identified as Missing Kayaker

The Warrick County Coroner said Tuesday that the remains pulled from the Ohio River in Newburgh on Monday belonged to 16-year-old Jacob Stover, a teen who went missing from Louisville in January.

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 2:07 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2021 5:11 PM

The Warrick County Coroner has identified the body that was pulled from the Ohio River in Newburgh on Monday.

Coroner Sarah Seaton said Tuesday that the body was identified through dental records as Jacob Stover of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Jake Stover was last seen in January 2021, when he set out on the Ohio River in his kayak from Cox Park in Louisville.

Shawn and Melissa, Jake's parents, said that while they're overcome with grief from the loss of their son, they're grateful to have resolution in the months-long search to find him.

"While hope remained in our hearts that we might find Jake alive, as the days continued, our prayers and efforts turned to recovering our son," a statement from Jake's parents read. "While the sadness is overwhelming, we are profoundly grateful for the support of our extended family and friends, our co-workers, and the strangers we never had the chance to meet."

Jake's parents say they're now making funeral arrangements. You can read the full statement released by Jake's parents by clicking here.

Through search efforts, Jake's kayak was found shortly after he went missing, but until now, his body had not been found.

The coroner says Jake's autopsy will take place on Wednesday, March 10.


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