Missing Kayaker Found Dead Near Palouse River

By Paige Browning

Friday morning, search crews found the body of a kayaker who family members reported as missing Thursday night.

Ten law enforcement or medical agencies started on the search immediately Thursday night because of the extremely cold temperatures. A helicopter crew from Fairchild Air Force base first spotted the body of Palouse woman Allison E Webb.

Family members say she set out on a late afternoon kayak trip on the Palouse River. The Whitman County Sheriff says it’s believed Webb capsized and died after being exposed to the extreme cold weather.

Full relrease from Whitman County Sheriff's Office:

November 22, 2013
COLFAX, WA-Authorities have recovered the body of a kayaker who was reported missing late Thursday evening. 
At approximately 8pm on Thursday evening, Deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office were notified of an overdue kayaker near the town of Palouse, WA.   The kayaker, Allison E Webb, 54yoa of Palouse, WA, reportedly set out on a late afternoon kayak trip on the Palouse River.  When she failed to arrive at her destination, family members became concerned, conducted a brief search and later notified 911. 
After Deputies determined that Webb started her float trip near Wellesley Road in Latah County, officials from Idaho were also notified.  Due to the extremely cold temperatures search crews from both sides of the border immediately began a ground and aerial search of the river and terrain. Officials from Latah and Whitman Counties searched through the night and into Friday Morning.
At approximately 8:30 Friday morning, search crews from Fairchild Air Force Base (36 Rescue Helicopter) assisting in the effort located the body of a deceased female, later identified as Allison E. Webb.  It is believed Webb died after capsizing her kayak and being exposed to the extremely cold overnight temperatures.  The exact cause and manner of death will be determined by the Whitman County Coroner’s Office.
Crews from The Latah County Sheriff’s Office, Latah County Search and Rescue, Whitman County Emergency Management, MedStar, Fairchild Air Force Base, Whitman County Sheriff’s Office, Palouse Fire and EMS, Border Patrol, Whitman County Coroner and the American Red Cross all assisted in the search effort.

Brett J. Myers
Sheriff WCSO
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