Body of missing NW Arkansas kayaker found

BELLA VISTA, Ark. — A multi-agency search, including crews from McDonald County, leads to finding the body of a missing Arkansas kayaker.

Bella Vista police say the body of Christopher Jaglin, 59, was found north of Sugar Creek Center in Bella Vista Tuesday. He had last been seen alive on camera, Sunday, just south of where his body was found. An extensive search for him began Monday when he was reported missing, involving ground, drone, and ATV efforts, with help from the White Rock Fire Department in McDonald County.

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“Very healthy, very smart. And, you know, he used to teach school, drive a bus. We asked about health conditions, anything like that, and she’s said he’s very healthy, an athletic type person,” said Gregg Sweeten, McDonald County Emergency Management Director.

Sweeten adds the Missouri State Highway Patrol also had a drone in the air near Pineville, assisting in the search alongside several Benton County, Arkansas entities.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that Little Sugar Creek near Pineville, only 14 miles away, was in a minor flood stage, near 13.5 feet on Sunday, around the time Jaglin was last seen alive.

The investigation has now been turned over to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

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