Coast Guard finds body of missing kayaker near Stratford

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Coast Guard and partner agency crews are searching for a possible missing person in the water south of Stratford. (U.S. Coast Guard)

NEW YORK– The U.S. Coast Guard said they found the body of a 41-year-old Long Island man in the water near Stratford, Connecticut.

Gregory Blanco from Northport, New York had been reported as missing. Blanco’s body had been found around 4 p.m.

The Coast Guard station on Long Island Sound received a call Monday morning at approximately 8:30 a.m. from someone reporting an unmanned red, 14-foot, one person kayak north of Stratford Shoal Middle Ground.

Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station New Haven and Eatons Neck arrived on scene and located the kayak with personal items onboard. Markings on the kayak and the position in which it was found suggested that the owner departed from Northport, New York.

Suffolk County Police Department officials found Blanco’s vehicle parked at the Soundview Boat Ramp Marina in Northport.