Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  06/27/2011 - 16:00
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Joshua Alexander's Body Recovered  
Date/Time of Incident:  06/27/2011 - 10:30
Incident Location:  22000 block N Umpqua Hwy, Idleyld Park, OR  
Case Number:  11-1830  
Deceased:  Alexander, Joshua Ryan / 27 yoa male / Idleyld Park, OR

Today at about 1130 hours, the body of Joshua Alexander was recovered in the North Umpqua River, approximately 1.4 miles downstream from where he was last seen on May 20, 2011.

Joshua Alexander had been swimming in the river with his girlfriend and two children. He decided to float downstream on an air mattress to the Narrows Wayside. Prior to reaching the Narrows Wayside, Alexander's air mattress flipped over, throwing him into the water. Alexander never arrived at the Wayside and is presumed drowned. Alexander was not wearing a life jacket.

An area resident called the Sheriff's Office this morning with information that led to deputies discovering Alexander's body near the shore.

Next of kin has been notified.

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