Body of New Hampshire Pastor’s Son Found in Oregon Lake a Week After Kayaking Accident

Jared Boria

The body of a New Hampshire pastor’s son was found after days of searching Diamond Lake in Oregon following a tragic kayaking accident. 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death of 37-year-old Jared Boria, who went missing while on a late-night kayaking ride during a camping trip nearly two weeks ago. Boria is the son of Bruce Boria, the senior pastor at Bethany Church in Greenland, New Hampshire.

According to the sheriff’s office, Boria’s body was located on Thursday around 11:20 a.m. when dispatchers received a report that a deceased male was located in the lake. Marine deputies and the Douglas County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.

Boria was presumed to have drowned after he launched his kayak from a campsite at Diamond Lake on June 30 at around 10:20 p.m. and police were called about an hour later to report a distressed male yelling for help from inside the lake. Boria’s wife, Rowan, later reported her husband as missing.

“The Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the family of Jared,” Sgt. Brad O’Dell said in a statement. “There were numerous man hours and resources spent searching for Jared so his family and friends could have some answers. Our hearts go out to them.”

According to the sheriff’s office, the search for Boria’s body was conducted in the lake and various surrounding areas by multiple entities and dive teams.

Initial search efforts proved unsuccessful with one of the primary difficulties being that no one saw where Boria was on the lake when he was calling for help.

“Searches usually begin at the point where the individual was last seen,” O’Dell said. “In this case, it was too dark and witnesses could only hear requests for help, therefore we are making assumptions as to where he may have became distressed.”

In a video posted last Friday from his son’s house in Portland, Bruce Boria told followers on the Bethany Church Facebook page that he received a call Thursday informing the family that his son’s body had been discovered.

Bruce Boria thanked the eight to nine different organizations that participated in the search.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith