Note: The video above is from a report on March 24, 2021 when crews were still searching.

BENBROOK, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The body of a kayaker who went missing a week ago at Benbrook Lake has been recovered, officials said.

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The family of Jose Reyes, 18, said he went kayaking with friends on March 21, 2021 but somehow got separated and disappeared in the water. He was not wearing a life jacket.

After days of searching, game wardens were able to locate and recover his body Saturday afternoon, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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(credit: Reyes Family)

The department said it used sonar and help from the Fort Worth Fire Department dive team to find the 18-year-old’s body.

“This has been a tragic and stressful event for all involved and we are thankful to everyone who assisted with this search,” the TPWD said in a statement. “… Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of this young man.”

Reyes’ brother, Juan, described Jose as a special person.

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“A lot of people knew him, he was really popular. He was really funny… there was never a dull moment when you were around him. He would brighten up your day,” Juan Reyes said.

CBSDFW.com Staff