UPDATE: Body Pulled from Rogue River Belonged to Man in His 50s

The cause of death has yet to be determined, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Sep. 11, 2018 3:05 PM
Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 5:09 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —

UPDATE: The body pulled from the Rogue River on Wednesday belonged to a white man his 50s, according to a statement from JCSO.

Just before noon, a couple walking across the Parkway Bridge noticed what they thought was a blue shirt submerged in the Rogue River upstream from the bridge. When they went to get a closer look, they realized that it was a person submerged in the water, said JCSO.

The couple called 911, and units from Grants Pass Police, Grants Pass Fire, JCSO and Search & Rescue all rushed to the scene to recover the body.

While the deceased man's identity remains unknown, JCSO says that he is a white man between 50 and 55 years old, about 6' tall with short brown hair.

JCSO says that they will issue an update when they confirm the man's identity and determine his cause of death.

(Updated 9/11/18 at 4:20 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: Authorities have recovered a body found in the Rogue River near Baker Park. The Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) is investigating the incident.

The person's cause of death has yet to be determined by the medical examiner, and JCSO has not yet released any identification.

A woman drowned near the same spot in a rafting accident on Memorial Day this year when she became trapped in the branches of a downed tree.

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update this article with more details as they emerge.

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