Missing US professor was discovered dead during a family kayaking trip in Mexico
Missing US professor: Yeon-Su Kim, a professor at Northern Arizona University, and her husband were reported missing during a kayaking trip in the Mexican state of Sonora. Her body has been located.
A local fishing boat near Puerto Peñasco found Kim’s body Sunday in the Gulf of California, according to a verified GoFundMe page established to raise funds to aid the search for Kim and her husband, Corey Allen.
“Today was an incredibly sad day,” the GoFundMe page said in a Sunday update. “Earlier today, a local fishing boat discovered Yeon-body Su’s south and east of Puerto Peasco. Despite the incredible efforts of volunteers over the last three days to find Yeon-Su and Corey.” CNN previously reported that Kim and Allen went missing late Saturday after failing to return from a Thanksgiving Day kayaking trip in Mexico.
“We are continuing to search for Corey, hoping to find him,” the Kim / Allen family said in a Sunday update, according to the GoFundMe page organizer. The Mexican state of Sonora’s civil protection agency tweeted that a body “with characteristics similar to one of the two missing persons” had been discovered, but did not specify which.
Kim’s death was confirmed by Northern Arizona University, where she was executive director of the School of Forestry. In a statement, University President Jose Luis said, “Yeon-Su was an invaluable faculty member in the School of Forestry and an esteemed academic leader.”
“Her accomplishments and contributions to her academic discipline, our university’s mission, and the broader community were numerous, and we will find the appropriate time and place to celebrate her legacy of a life well-lived in consultation with her family and friends.”
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