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By Jeff Pack 

Coroner confirms identity of missing kayaker recovered from Lake Elsinore


Last updated 10/26/2018 at 4:21pm

Lake Elsinore Police Department

Samuel Selay, 34, of French Valley was identified Friday by the Riverside County Coroner as the body that was pulled out of Lake Elsinore on Thursday.

The Riverside County Coroner confirmed on Friday, Oct. 26 that the body pulled from Lake Elsinore a day earlier is that of Samuel Selay, 34, of French Valley, who was reported missing five days earlier.

The coroner did not provide any other information regarding the cause of death. According to Riverside County Sheriff's Department Deputy Robyn Flores, there is no further investigation into Selay's death.

"This seems to be a tragic accident," she said.

According to Lake Elsinore Police, they believe Selay was on the water around 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and believe he may have entered the water at the Elk Grove Beach on Lakeshore Drive and was using a bright orange kayak. Police are requesting information and anyone who may have seen Selay that day or after, should contact Detective Klemp at (951) 245-3300.

Selay leaves behind a wife and four children, all younger than the age of 18.

Selay's wife, Brittney, posted on Facebook mourning the loss of her husband.

"My entire world is broken every dream we had, ever goal, all the milestones our children have to get through without him, places left untraveled dreams broken at the seams," the post read. "Sam was a wonderful man. He wanted to inspire others to peruse greatness and see their inner strength. He was dedicated loyal, and the best father you've ever meet."

A GoFundMe account has been established to help the family with costs at


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