Search for missing kayakers
The search for two missing kayakers on the Long Tom River near Monroe began Sunday night. (Photo by Benton County Sheriff's Office)

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office recovered on Friday the body of 23-year-old Mariana Dukes, who had gone missing last weekend while kayaking on the Long Tom River near Monroe. 

BCSO was at the scene south of Monroe with the woman’s family, who recovered her body by canoe about 75 yards downriver of a fish ladder in Lane County.

Earlier in the week on Monday morning, the body of 26-year-old Joseph Bendix was found approximately 3 miles south of Monroe. The couple, both of whom were from Eugene, had launched their kayaks on Saturday near Ferguson Road south of Monroe. A family member alerted law enforcement after they were overdue for a planned arrival on Sunday at Monroe City Park.

“Again I’d like to thank all the agencies and volunteers for their help over the last five days, as well as private property owners who willingly allowed access to the river and their resources,” BCSO Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall said through a press release.

Assisting BCSO with the operations were Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Lane County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue, Lane County Sheriff’s Office Water Rescue, Linn County Water Rescue, Albany Fire & Rescue Water Rescue Team, Benton County’s Mary’s Peak Search & Rescue, Benton County’s SkySAR Air Unit, Region 3 K9, Junction City Water District, Army Corp of Engineering, Henderson Aviation and the City of Monroe.

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