UPDATE: Bodies of Stockton Lake kayakers have been identified, MSHP says

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CEDAR COUNTY, Mo. — Authorities say the bodies of all three missing kayakers have been recovered from Stockton Lake and their identities released.

They have been identified as Iziah Lewis, 20, Sonny Lewis 18, and Melodie Roberts, 18.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that three had gone on a kayaking trip on Tuesday (3/19) and had not returned. Roberts was located on Wednesday (3/20). The remaining two were found on Friday (3/22).

According to a report by the MSHP, the exact time of the incident is unknown, but it is believed rough water caused the kayaks to capsize.

Update:

The bodies of two missing kayakers in Stockton Lake were found, today (3/22).

The Missouri State Highway Patrol posted the update on its Facebook page just before 4:00 p.m. Friday.

Our sister-station KOLR in Springfield spoke to a woman off-camera, yesterday, who said the two men are her sons, 18 and 20.

The 18-year-old was in a relationship with Melodie Roberts, whose body was found on Wednesday (3/20).

All three had gone on a kayaking trip on the day before, on Tuesday.

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The Missouri Highway Patrol says the woman they pulled from the lake has now been identified as Melodie Roberts, 19, of Southlyon, Michigan.

Our sister station in Springfield spoke to a woman off-camera who said the two men missing are her sons.

She said they are 18 and 20-years-old, and the 18-year-old was in a relationship with Roberts, whose body was found at the lake on Wednesday. All three had gone on a kayaking trip Tuesday afternoon.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Roberts died when rough waters caused her small boat to capsize near Crabtree cove.

A relative of Roberts told our sister station she had just moved to the area from Michigan about a month ago, and she leaves behind a four-month-old child.

Roberts is the first boating fatality of 2024 for MSHP Troop D. The search for the two men continued Friday.

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