VERONA, N.Y. — Authorities say they’ve found the body of a 63-year-old Wisconsin man in a central New York lake where he was last seen while paddling the Erie Canal.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Madison County Sheriff’s Office says the man’s body was found around 7:30 a.m. Thursday near Sylvan Beach on the eastern end of Oneida Lake.

Officials say he was wearing a lifejacket. His name hasn’t been released.

A search was launched Wednesday evening after the man’s empty kayak with his keys, wallet and cellphone inside washed up on the lake’s southeastern shore. A tent and camping gear were found in the water nearby.

His family says he was kayaking the length of the Erie Canal and planned to meet his sister on Lake Champlain around Labor Day.

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