Dixon Police Release Identity of Kayaker Recovered from Rock River

Police Report

The individual recovered from the Rock River on August 3rd has been identified as 40-year-old James Shirk of Dixon, Illinois. Shirk was reported missing by family members in the evening hours of August 2nd. Shirk was last seen on August 2 nd at approximately 2:00pm on the Rock River in an orange kayak near the Custer Avenue boat ramp in Dixon.

At the time of this press release, the kayak has not been recovered. If anyone with information regarding the location of the kayak or other information related to this investigation is asked to call the Dixon Police Department, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

This investigation is ongoing and no additional information is being released at this time.

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