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Sentimental kayak stolen after Amite River drowning

3 years 3 months 1 week ago February 16, 2014 Feb 16, 2014 Sunday, February 16 2014 February 16, 2014 9:09 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

UPDATE - Perry said the kayak has been found safe and sound, and thanked everyone for their concern.

BATON ROUGE - A man's only means to visit where his girlfriend drowned was stolen from his front yard this week.

Luke Perry says he used his kayak to float down the Amite River to get to where his girlfriend died. Martha Dartt, 38, of Denham Springs drowned in August after rescuing her son from drowning in the river.

Today Perry recalled the many memories the couple had on the river and the time he went to visit where she drowned.

"It's heartbreaking, you know. It's really tough," he said. "I got there at night and just drove to the spot and just kind of walked out to the water and hit my knees, you know. That was really tough."

The couple used that same kayak to spend time on the river fishing, laughing and having fun. But now his only means to get there were taken away. His kayak was stolen out of his front yard.

"I was looking forward to this summer... being able to spend some time out there, cause I know that's where she's at," said Perry.

Perry says it's devastating that the feeling of kayaking on the river where his love was lost will have to wait.

"That's the toughest part. That's the toughest part of all of this. Cause I won't be getting a kayak anytime soon. It'll be a couple years, so it will be that much longer before I can go out and, you know, do the thing that I love to do most," he said.

Perry says he's reaching out on social media and around the country to track down his kayak.

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