Missing kayaker at Everglades National Park found safe

James Soltis, 57, reported overdue from 10-day kayaking trip


MIAMI – An Illinois man who was reported overdue from a 10-day kayaking trip at Everglades National Park has been found safe.

The U.S. Coast Guard said James Soltis, 57, of Lockport, Illinois, was reported missing by his daughter Monday evening after he failed to return from a 10-day kayaking trip.

Soltis departed from the Flamingo Visitors Center on March 15 and was expected back Sunday.

National Park Service rangers and a Coast Guard helicopter crew searched for Soltis.

Shortly before 10 a.m., the Coast Guard helicopter crew found a man camping. The National Park Service verified his identity.