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Woman’s body found in search for missing Arizona kayakers in Mexico

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A woman’s body was discovered offshore in Mexico during the search for an Arizona couple who went missing while kayaking on Thanksgiving.

Flagstaff residents Corey Allen and his wife, Yeon-Su Kim, were on the lake near Rocky Point with their daughter around 1 p.m. Thursday when severe gusts of wind sprang up, according to a GoFundMe page set up to assist find the couple.

According to the fundraiser’s organizer, Lisa Aumack, Allen took his daughter to the beach and then returned to hunt for his wife, who had vanished.

Woman’s body found in search for missing Arizona kayakers in Mexico

According to the Arizona Republic, Mexican naval officials confirmed on Sunday that the body of a lady matching Yeon-description Su’s had been discovered near the Mayan Palace hotel.

“After an intense search operation by air, sea and land, the Secretary of the Navy reports to Sonora Civil Protection, the discovery of a body on Playa Encanto, with characteristics similar to one of the two missing persons,” Sonora Civil Protection said in a tweet Sunday.

Authorities did not immediately confirm the woman’s identity.

Puerto Peasco Mayor Jorge Pivac Carrillo has directed local officials to intensify their search until Allen is located.

“We appreciate the support of the volunteers who have come forward to assist, as well as private businesses and groups of US residents who have provided support to continue the search efforts,” said the Puerto Peasco Civil Protection and Firefighters in a statement.

According to the paper, the couple’s minor daughter has been handed over to relatives who traveled to the scene.

Woman’s body found in search for missing Arizona kayakers in Mexico

“Corey and Yeon-Su are valuable members of the Flagstaff community,” longtime friend Shelly Thomas told Fox 10.

“They are amazing friends and wonderful parents to two exceptional kids. We are praying that they are found alive and able to be brought back to their kids who love them and depend on them,” she added.

Allen is a real estate agent and Kim is a professor at Northern Arizona University, which said in a statement Sunday that the school and local community were “hoping and praying” the two are found alive.

“Yeon-Su is a respected member of our NAU faculty and is well known for the warmth she shares with everyone she works with and her passion for our forestry mission,” the university said.

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