A body found on Tuesday morning in Long Island Sound was that of a missing 18-year-old kayaker.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection confirmed that it was Billy Zadrozny just before 10:30 a.m.

The body was found in the sound just off the coast of Old Saybrook earlier in the morning. Boaters spotted it.

Crews, including the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, were called to the scene. The body has since been recovered.

“I was actually putting my fishing pole up getting ready to cast then I heard the police cars go down here first to the causeway," said Frank Floranzano of Clinton.

Meanwhile, a vigil was scheduled for Tuesday night in Old Saybrook with Zadrozny's friends and family. Channel 3 has learned that it will still take place.

They said they held out hope that would he be found.

The vigil was planned for the Saybrook Point Pavilion, a spot where they gathered when the search for Zadrozny was called off a week ago.

Zadrozny's kayak was found overturned at the mouth of the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook. A life jacket and fishing gear were on board.

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with state and local agencies, launched an extensive 33-hour search. However, it was called off last Tuesday night.

Family and close friends said Zadrozny, who is from Clinton, was funny, outgoing, loyal and caring.

They said fishing became a passion at an early age and was something he loved to do.

"It's hard to believe, I'm still waiting for him to show up," said Kelsey Lebert, a friend. "I'm still hoping for a miracle. I think everyone is."

Michael Brown says he's known Billy and his family for more than 10 years and plans on attending the vigil.

"I'll be here to support the parents and family," said Brown.

In a statement to Channel 3, Clinton Superintendent Maryann O'Donnell said, "'We are Morgan, we are family,' embodies the closeness of our community. Counselors have been available for Students and others since Memorial Day when we were first notified of Billy's disappearance. Today councilors were on hand and will join faculty and students at this evenings vigil."

The vigil was set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the parking lot between mini golf and where the Dock and Dine used to be.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Zadrozny's parents. A link to it can be found here.

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