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Deputies locate missing Oakland man's car

Deputies say the car was on its top, fully submerged in the Umpqua River.

Posted: Jan 6, 2019 11:53 PM
Updated: Jan 7, 2019 11:02 AM

NEAR UMPQUA, Ore. -- Deputies believe they've found the body of an Oakland man who has been missing for about two weeks. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said they received a call at 9:45 Sunday morning from a citizen who had been fishing in the Umpqua River, near the 18000 block of Tyee Road, about a car completely submerged in the water.

After getting it out of the river, they found a body inside. They said because of evidence at the scene, they believe it's 28-year-old Nicholas Blum. 


Blum was last seen on Dec. 23 when he left his job at McDonald's in Sutherlin. He told co-workers he was going to Coos Bay to see a friend.

Deputies said the car is registered to Blum and the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is working to make positive identification. They said Blum's family has been notified. 

They said evidence at the scene indicates the car was traveling east on Tyee Road when it left the roadway for an unknown reason. The car then rolled down the embankment and into the river, where it traveled approximately 300 feet downstream.

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