MILFORD - More than two months after a local kayaker went missing in the middle of the night, friends and family gathered in Milford Wednesday to mark his 23rd birthday.

Michael Krupa was kayaking with his friend John Ferraro when their boat capsized off Charles Island in September. Ferraro swam to safety, but Krupa vanished. His body has not been recovered.

Krupa's parents, who traveled from Middletown for Wednesday's memorial, say without his body, it's been particularly difficult for them to find closure.

"We're with family and friends, and that's what's carried my wife and [me] through all this," Jim Krupa says.