Essexville – Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a Michigan man who had been missing since going out in a canoe on the Saginaw River in March.

The Bay County sheriff’s department says someone spotted a body on Tuesday in the river near a boat launch in Essexville. Authorities recovered the body and identified it as that of Ricky Giddings.

The Tuscola County man was last seen in a canoe March 1 off of Smith Park in Essexville. His truck was found at the park. His canoe was found the next day in the river near a boat launch in Bangor Township and an active search for him was called off several days later.

An autopsy is planned but foul play isn’t suspected.

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