Missing canoeist's body found in bay

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) -- The body of a Elizabeth City man missing on a canoe trip for nearly a month has been found in Coinjock Bay.
 
The Currituck County sheriff's office says 26-yearold Ricky Ballance was found around 12:30 p.m. Sunday by one of his relatives.
 
Sheriff Susan Johnson says deputies had been conducting a search earlier Sunday.
 
The body is being taken to the Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville.
 
Officials say Ballance launched his canoe Dec. 23 from a canal in the Maple community. Johnson says Balance had planned to go to his duck blind nearby.
 
The Coast Guard conducted a 12-hour search before suspending efforts on Christmas Eve.
 
Ballance's canoe was found on the opposite side of the bay.
 
Johnson says there is no indication of foul play.

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