Associated Press - August 27, 2010 9:04 AM ET
LEASBURG, MO (AP) - An eastern Missouri man has drowned while kayaking in the Meramec River.
The Missouri State Water Patrol identified the victim as 52-year-old Jonathan Kern of Ste. Genevieve.
Authorities say Kern and friends were in kayaks Wednesday night when Kern disappeared in the river near Leasburg. His friends tried to locate him, then called for help.
His body was found by the Water Patrol after a three-hour search.