Bend man, missing after Jackson County crash, found dead

33-year-old Matthew Lang of Bend is believed to have been the driver, and he has not been seen since the crash.

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 10:56 AM
Updated: Nov 20, 2020 11:11 AM

PROSPECT, Ore. — A Bend man who was reported missing after police found his SUV crashed near Lost Creek Lake has been found dead, Oregon State Police confirmed on Friday.

Troopers discovered a crashed and "badly damaged" SUV along Highway 62 near Lost Creek Lake on October 27, but first responders found that there was no-one inside the vehicle.

OSP came to believe that the driver was 33-year-old Matthew Lang of Bend. He had not been in contact with friends or family since the crash.

Teams from Jackson County Search & Rescue have been scouring the area for signs of Lang, but he was still considered missing for a matter of weeks after the crash.

A statement from OSP said that a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy found Lang's body in the river on Tuesday, a few hundred yards from the crash site. The OSP Medical Examiner's Office later confirmed that it was Lang's body.


EDIT: This article has been updated with additional information from Oregon State Police about the discovery of Lang's body.

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