Missing Warwick man’s kayak found in East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An orange kayak recovered from the Providence River Sunday morning belongs to missing Warwick kayaker Michael Perry, according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.

Eyewitness News crews were on scene near the Squantum Association in East Providence around 10:30 a.m. Sunday as DEM and firefighters pulled an orange kayak from the water.

DEM officials said East Providence police spotted the kayak. It was removed from the water around 11:15 a.m.

The kayak was empty. A DEM boat was also on the scene searching the surrounding area.

Warwick kayaker Michael Perry, 46, has been missing since Friday afternoon. His wife reported he had gone kayaking out of Conimicut Point in Warwick around noon and had never returned home.

After searching for nearly 24 hours, the Coast Guard cancelled the search for Perry Saturday evening, saying it is unlikely Perry would have survived the conditions.