Missing kayakers drowned

No other injuries on bodies
May 1, 2013


Erie County Coroner Brian Baxter says a father and daughter who went missing while kayaking on Lake Erie died from drowning.

The bodies of 30-year-old Jonathan Francis and his 12-year-old daughter Viola Francis were found last week several miles apart in Lake Erie.

The two had been missing for nearly three weeks since going out on Sandusky Bay.

The Erie County Coroner says there were no signs of injuries to either victim.

Family members and authorities say the pair left for a short kayak trip on April 6 but they never came home.

They did not have life jackets when they set out on the water about midway between Toledo and Cleveland.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 



Rest in Peace!!


My thoughts are with the family in this troubled time , And to lose a child is beyond sad , Just hope they have the power to be able to go on after this loss


I can not even begin to fathom what it must feel like to the family.....all my thoughts and prayers are with them....wow!!


Very sad.