Body of missing canoer found Monday

By Rob Parsons/Tri-County Newspapers

The body of a missing Bayliss man was found Monday in the Sacramento River, more than five weeks after he disappeared while canoeing with a friend, the Glenn County Sheriff's Office reported.

James John Paidl, 62, fell into the cold, murky river water Nov. 23 while on a canoe trip down the Sacramento River with Robert William Heberle, 60, of Woodland.

Both were experienced boatsmen and neither man was intoxicated, authorities reported.

Heberle swam ashore and was not seriously hurt when their canoe capsized in rough waters. He was picked up by another boater, Robert Chauvin, who is the chaplain for the Chico Police Department, Sheriff Larry Jones said.

"Ironically, it would be the same person who later would discover the body of Paidl," Jones said.

Chauvin, 57, was on the river Nov. 23 when Paidl went under and had not returned to the river since that day, Jones said.

Chauvin was back on the river Monday to try out a new boat motor, Jones said, and discovered the body about a mile south of the primary search area.

Cadaver dogs, specialty equipment and an advanced diver from Chico scoured the bottom of the Sacramento River for Paidl's body for several weeks, but without success. The full-scale search was halted Nov. 26 due to poor weather and underwater visibility.

"We had hoped to find him before Christmas," Jones said, "but we'll take this, and hopefully now the family can have some closure."

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