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Missing Salem woman found dead

Missing Salem woman found dead

SALEM, Ore. – A 59-year-old Salem woman, who was last seen kayaking on Tuesday, was found dead Saturday morning.

Police believe Sharon Mangan drowned. Her body was found on the edge of a slough in Minto-Browns Island City Park. Her death did not appear to be suspicious, according to Salem Police Lt. Steve Birr.

Birr said Mangan was not an experienced kayaker and did not have any formal instructions. She was wearing a life jacket.

"There were no indications that her death was anything but a tragic accident," police said in a news release.

Mangan was reported missing to Salem police on Thursday.

"She liked being out on the water," said Sean Miller, who knew Mangan through work. "She was a pretty adventurous spirit."

Search crews searched for Mangan on Friday. Members of the Salem Fire Department Water Rescue Team found her kayak full of water, but did not find Mangan.

A police dog found her body shortly after the search resumed on Saturday morning, Birr said.

Mangan worked at the Oregon State Hospital as a mental health therapist.

"Sharon worked at OSH since May 2009, and was well-liked by her co-workers and patients. Hers is a significant loss to the OSH family, as it is to her own family. To all of her co-workers and friends, I extend my most sincere condolences on your loss," hospital superintendent Greg Roberts said in a statement to hospital staff.

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