Police say body found matches description of missing kayaker, father Shelby Township

(WXYZ) - Police say a body was found in the Clinton River Sunday night matches the description of a missing kayaker but has yet to be identified by the medical examiner.

The Macomb County Medical Examiner has to make the official identification but at this time the body appears to be Oliver Dixon.

Police say the 47-year-old father of three parked his vehicle at the River Bends Park Boat Launch on Thursday, possibly with the intention to kayak to Heritage Park in Utica.

He posted a picture on Facebook of his kayak on top of his car on Thursday before he disappeared with the words "cross training."

7 Action News has learned that he is an avid athlete and was supposed to compete in a kayak race on Saturday.

Officials searched the waters and were able to recover his paddle on the river near 33 Mile Road. Sunday Dixon's kayak was spotted submerged under a log jam after his paddle was earlier found.

Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said "For the average kayaker and family member, after heavy rains, when the current is this swift you need to be absolutely careful. You need to be buddy system, you've got to have a life jacket. Because even here in this case; a life vest, he had it but with all the long jams you just have to be very careful."

"He was an experienced kayaker, he was a paratrooper, drop him in the woods and he would get out at night," said Oliver Dixon, Oliver's father.

The Macomb County Medical Examiner will make the official identification. It could come as early as Monday.

 

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