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Body of suspected kayaker found near Crystal Cove

On Thursday, May 14, at approximately 8 a.m., the body of a deceased adult male came ashore near Crystal Cove State Beach, according to an official spokesperson from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The decedent was identified as Christopher Kihl, 41, of Orange. A kayak, believed to have been loaned to Kihl, was located on Wednesday, May 13, in the evening floating near Crystal Cove. 

At this time, the cause of death is unknown. While there do not appear to be suspicious circumstances at this time, the OCSD Homicide Unit is handling the investigation.