UPDATE: MSP identifies kayaker found dead in Marquette’s Lower Harbor

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Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 4:10 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2023 at 1:41 AM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan State Police has released the name of the missing kayaker found in Marquette’s Lower Harbor on March 12.

The man has been identified as Ayala Lopez. According to the MSP, no foul play is suspected.

Lopez was first reported missing around 8:50 p.m. March 12. After an investigation, Troopers, the United States Coast Guard, and Marquette Police officers found an unoccupied kayak that had washed ashore.

Troopers located Lopez deceased close to the water around 11:00 p.m. that night.


The body of a missing kayaker was found at Lower Harbor in Marquette Sunday night.

According to the Michigan State Police, troopers from the Negaunee Post were called out to a missing person complaint Sunday at approximately 8:50 p.m.

The investigation led troopers to believe the missing person had gone kayaking at Lower Harbor in Marquette.

Troopers, along with the United States Coast Guard and Marquette Police Department, attempted to locate the kayaker in the area where they found an unoccupied kayak that had washed ashore.

Troopers then located a deceased man close by in the water around 11 p.m. The man was in his early 30s.

No foul play is suspected. Positive identification of the body is still pending.