Search continues for kayaker who went missing in Banks Lake in late September


Searchers continue to look for a 51-year-old man who disappeared Sept. 27 while kayaking on Banks Lake.

Kelly Dean Burkhart of Nespelem was kayaking with friends off the east short of the lake. The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said his two companions headed south and Burkhart north.

As the winds picked up and the lake became choppy, the two friends returned to shore but Burkhart never did, the sheriff’s office said.

A search involving boats and aircraft ensued and Burkhart’s kayak and life jacket were found on the west shore Sept. 29.

Anyone with information on Burkhart is asked to call the sheriff’s office.