Family of missing canoeist seeking help from volunteers

Canoeist found on Ohio River. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
Canoeist found on Ohio River. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) — The family of a missing canoeist has now turned to the public for help.

The family of 20-year-old Cameron Buerger is asking for volunteers to search the Ohio River for their son.

Cameron went missing on the Ohio River while canoeing with 19-year-old Marty Stanaford in the area of Levanna, Ohio on May 3.

On Friday, search crews found Stanaford’s body about eight miles from Ripley where they were last seen.

Cameron’s family is expecting that authorities will taper down their efforts soon. They want to keep the search for their son going and expand the geographic coverage of the search.

Specifically, they want to scour three regions: the Meldahl Locks and dam down the river all the way to Cincinnati, up the river all the way to Ripley, and east to Portsmouth, Ohio.

To date, volunteers have come from as far away as Michigan to help search. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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