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Kayaker recovered in Wyassup Lake identified as New York man

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North Stonington — The 45-year-old man recovered Sunday morning from Wyassup Lake has been identified as Akida Edwards of New York City.

An autopsy has been conducted, but the cause of death has not yet been determined, according to a spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The results are pending further study, the spokesman said.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on Sunday said Edwards' body had been taken to the medical examiner's office after Edwards was pronounced dead at 11:40 a.m. He had gone out on the lake around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and his kayak was found unmanned on Sunday, according to the DEEP.

The DEEP's Environmental Conservation Police, state police, the regional dive team and the Taftville, Old Mystic, Pawcatuck and North Stonington fire departments all assisted with the search.

The investigation is ongoing, according to a DEEP spokesman.


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