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Gibsonton woman found dead after canoe capsizes

WIMAUMA — Deputies found the body of a woman who went missing while canoeing with a friend in the Little Manatee River on Wednesday afternoon.

The episode began when the friends — Jayne Henry, 23, of Gibsonton and Kathleen Johns, 25, of Wimauma — left from Sundance Marina to go to an island for a picnic and drinks, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

But on the way back, the canoe began taking on water, Johns told deputies.

Around noon, Johns was found alone and unconscious on the dock of the marina, at 1671 Lightfoot Road. The canoe was found upside down near the dock.

Sheriff's helicopters and divers found Henry's body hours later about 400 yards up river from the marina.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will determine what caused her death.

Gibsonton woman found dead after canoe capsizes 05/23/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:09pm]

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