Missing Slidell kayaker found safe

Sandra Pierce, 51
Sandra Pierce, 51

UPDATE: Sandra Pierce, 51, was found safe Friday around 12pm near Slidell. More details to come.

Slidell, La. - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing Slidell woman after her husband reported yesterday being unable to find her during a kayaking trip on the Pearl River.

The woman is identified as 51 year-old Sandra Pierce.

Police say around 4:30pm Thursday, a man reported to the sheriff's office that he, his wife, and another man launched from Crawford's landing into the Pearl River on two separate boats yesterday around 10:30 a.m.

The men were in one boat and the woman was in a 14' long, 2-man, bright orange "ocean" kayak.  They were scheduled to meet at a predetermined location on the river shortly thereafter; however, several hours later she had still not arrived.

Sheriff's office personnel from the marine division, along with the sheriff's infrared radar equipped helicopter, searched the area until midnight.  The search resumed at 6:00am Friday and will continue throughout the day.  Deputies are joined in the search by members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the United States Coast Guard.

Pierce is a white female, 5'-9" tall, 168 lbs with blue eyes and short blonde/brown hair.  She was last seen wearing a long sleeve, red Under Armour style shirt with a blue or black bathing suit bottom.  Pierce left her cell phone at home.  It is believed that there was a life jacket aboard the kayak with her.

Anyone with information about Pierce's possible whereabouts is asked to call 911.