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Body of kayaker found on Cape Cod

The body of a Brown University student who had been missing since New Year’s Eve was found washed ashore in Falmouth on Sunday, Fairhaven police said.

Dana Dourdeville, 21, of Marion was reported missing Dec. 31 after he went duck hunting in his kayak.

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His mother found his car in a parking lot at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven that evening, and later that night the US Coast Guard found Dourdeville’s kayak about 3 miles from shore.

A volunteer search party found Dourdeville’s body Sunday at about 2:30 p.m., Fairhaven police Sergeant Kevin Kobza said.

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said foul play was not suspected in Dourdeville’s death, but declined to offer further details.

Kobza said there were no signs of trauma, but the state medical examiner will determine the official cause of death.

Dourdeville’s 9-foot kayak did not appear to have flipped when it was found in Buzzards Bay. A lone glove was discovered inside.

The water temperature was 37 degrees when Dourdeville went missing, Westport police said.

Massachusetts Environmental Police notified Falmouth officials that the body had been found, Falmouth police said in a statement.

Kobza said Sunday evening the body was positively identified as Dourdeville. He was found in the area of Penzance Point, between the Cape Cod Canal and Woods Hole, Kobza said.

Dourdeville’s mother declined to comment through a friend who answered the phone at the family’s home.

Dourdeville was a member of Brown University’s class of 2015, and he was the valedictorian of the class of 2011 at Mattapoisett’s Old Rochester Regional High School, where he ran track.

Members of both communities helped search for Dourdeville, with more than 1,600 people supporting the Facebook page “Search for Dana.”

On Sunday night, the social network was used to tell supporters that the search had come to an end.

“Dana has been found and has passed,” said a post from Bill Tilden, athletic director at Old Rochester Regional High. “Please keep him and the family in your prayers.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Nicholas Jacques can be reached at
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