Search for kayaker suspended for the day

(WISH Photo/ Jeff Wagner)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — The search for a kayaker who has been missing since Sunday morning was called off Monday evening while rescue crews considered a new strategy.

The search for 27-year-old Enrique Quinonez will continue Tuesday morning, after another unsuccessful day of searching marked by weather that made it even more difficult.

Quinonez, of Kalamzoo, Mich., disappeared Sunday when his kayak capsized in the Flat Rock River. His friend was able to make it to safety, but Quinonez wasn’t.

Indiana conservation officers plan to search an area farther south on Tuesday. Rain on Monday made it difficult for search crews, who hope water levels will decrease to aid their efforts.

Quinonez was not wearing a life vest and it’s believed he can’t swim.

Experts said conditions weren’t favorable for kayaking on Sunday due to higher water levels in rivers from multiple days of rain in Central Indiana. Quinonez wasn’t an experienced kayaker and capsized soon after entering the river. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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