Overturned kayak seen in Douglas reservoir water, pickup truck sought

Douglas police asked the public for help finding the owner of a pickup truck seen carrying the kayak that was found in the Whitins Reservoir

After a kayak was seen overturned in a reservoir in Douglas, Massachusetts, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2023, seen at left, police asked for help finding the owner of the pickup truck seen at right.

Police who'd been searching a Massachusetts reservoir looking for person who may have been missing in the water Thursday turned their attention on Friday to a pickup truck, having determined the owner of the overturned kayak that sparked the search may have driven off.

The kayak was found upside in the Whitins Reservoir in Douglas on Thursday, prompting a search by local and state authorities that continued overnight.



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The search began when people spotted the empty kayak near the Wallis Street Causeway, the Douglas Police Department said. Dive teams and several agencies got involved after investigators found there may have been a missing person in the water.

The search went on until dark, and no one turned up.

Mass. State Police said on Friday morning that the search was getting underway again, with the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit and Marine Unit, along with the Environmental Police Marine Unit, helping local departments.

But later, evidence was uncovered suggesting the kayak's owner left the area the same way they came in.

"Private home security footage in the area reveals a pickup truck carrying a green kayak heading to the reservoir at approximately 9:20 AM Thursday. The camera shows the same truck leaving the area at approximately 2 PM with no kayak in the bed. Details in the images confirm it is the same truck," state police said in a statement.

Douglas police asked the public for help finding the owner of the pickup truck.

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