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Missing kayaker found

The search for an allegedly missing woman Sunday at Concord Park turned out to be an unnecessary one.

The woman identified as Diane Binger was found safe from harm Monday.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Drew Reeves said officers received a call from The Cove at Concord Park concerning a missing woman. Reeves said Binger rented a kayak from River Sport Outfitters in the Park about 1 p.m.

“We received a call, I don’t know from who, and officers went to investigate,” Reeves said.

Katie McMillan, an employee of River Sport Outfitters, said she was the one who notified police.

“When she didn’t come back, I just thought she might need a little more time,” she said. “When it got close to sunset, I started to get concerned.”

Mcmillan described Binger as in her mid-30s. She said Binger allegedly left a vehicle with a dog inside it in the parking lot.

“She was one of the nicest customers I had all day,” Mcmillan said.

Reeves said KCSO and officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency combed the area for several hours. The search resumed Monday morning, and that’s when officials found Binger.

“I don’t know exactly where they found it, but the kayak was near Turkey Creek or something, just kind of drifting,” Mcmillan said.

“I think they found her near some private boat put-in. What he [TWRA official] told me was she was safe physically, but we really don’t know what’s going on,” she added.


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