Memorial services planned for Shane Shomidie


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Memorial services for the kayaker who went missing in the Sangamon River will take place this week. 

A memorial gathering for Shane Shomidie will be held on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Staab funeral home in Springfield. His memorial service will be on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Staab funeral home. 

Shomidie went missing on the Sangamon River on April 21. His body was found on April 30 around 10:30 a.m. in the river near the Interstate 55 bridge.

According to the Springfield Park Police chief, Shomidie was rescued with several others when they had trouble moving down the river. The group was rescued but police say Shomidie's girlfriend asked him to go back out on the river with her so the two of them got back out on the river.

Sonar searches of the river were not successful due the river conditions. Park police tell WAND-TV they do not believe foul play was involved and called it "an unfortunate incident". 

An autopsy of Shomidie showed no sign of trauma. The coroner says further results require microscopic and toxicology studies. Those results will be released at a later time. 

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