TYEE, Ore. — The search for a missing Oakland, Oregon man is over after the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) confirmed that his body was found within a vehicle submerged in the Umpqua River.
28-year-old Nicholas Blum was last seen on December 23 when he left his job at McDonald's in Sutherlin. He had reportedly told co-workers that he was headed to Coos Bay in order to see a friend.
"The exact date of Blum's death is unknown, however evidence indicates that the crash occurred around the time he was reported missing," DCSO said in a statement.
Search teams located the vehicle that Blum had been driving on Sunday after someone who had been fishing in the Umpqua River off of Tyee Road saw it in the water.
"Deputies responded and located the vehicle on its top completely submerged in the river. Marine Deputies were able to navigate to the vehicle in a boat and secure it," DCSO said.
At the time, authorities could only confirm that the vehicle was registered to Blum and that the body of an adult male had been discovered inside.
Evidence at the scene indicated that Blum had been driving east on Tyee Road when he left the roadway for an "unknown reason" — the vehicle tumbling down an embankment and into the water before traveling about 300 feet downstream.
On Monday the Douglas County Medical Examiner notified Blum's family that the body had been positively identified.