Missing kayaker found dead on Alder Lake

Divers on Thursday found the body of a 63-year-old kayaker who went missing on Alder Lake the day before.

He was identified as Charles Barton of Spanaway, the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

His son reported him missing about 11 p.m. Wednesday after he did not come home by dinnertime as planned. The son found his father’s truck at the Alder Lake boat launch and called 911.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Marine Services Unit searched the Eatonville lake from midnight to 6 a.m. but could not find the kayaker.

Officials said heavy fog meant they couldn’t see more than 30 feet in front of them. It also kept planes from helping with the search.

When the search resumed about 8 a.m., divers found the kayaker about 150 feet from shore on the Thurston County side of the lake.