Search for Missing Kayaker

Search for Missing Kayaker

As of Monday morning, Louis Gills' daughter was still waiting in Belle Haven for word about his whereabouts.

Police have been searching the Potomac River and shoreline for Gills, 82, since Friday; his empty kayak was found after he took it out on the river.

Gills left the Washington Canoe Club, which is located in the 3700 block of K Street NW, on Friday afternoon, according to a report by Sgt. Joe Gentile, a DC police spokesman. About 3:30 p.m. Friday, Gill's kayak was found downstream between the club and the Key Bridge. He was reported missing by a relative.

LaDonna Curzon, executive director of the Capital Area Boat Owners Association, said that she saw the police searching the area of the Potomac River around the 14th Street Bridge around noon on Monday while she was out on her boat. Officer H. Dean, of the Metropolitan DC Police, said that they had not found Gills as of Tuesday morning, but that the search will always continue until Gills or his body is found.

The kayak was found 100 feet below the rowing club, but Dean said that they're searching the entire river. "There was no eye witness to say if and when he fell in," he said.

Dean said that the Coast Guard is aware of the situation, but that the DC Police is mainly in charge of the search at this time.