Douglas County Sheriff's Office


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

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  12/16/2013 - 10:00
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Body of Missing Man Located  
Date/Time of Incident:  12/15/2013 - 13:30
Incident Location:  South Umpqua River at Green Bridge (Pepsi Road), Winston, OR  
Case Number:  13-4842  
Located / Deceased:  Bell, Brandon Scott / age 26 / Winston, OR

Brandon Bell has been listed as a missing person since unexpectedly leaving his Winston home on November 21st.

On Sunday, December 15, 2013, Douglas County Search and Rescue members were conducting ground searches in the area of the South Umpqua River near Pepsi Road. One of the searchers discovered a body submerged in 4 - 5 feet of water. The body was recovered and was identified as Brandon Bell.

Bell's death is being investigated as a suicide. Investigators believe that Bell intentionally walked into the river after placing heavy rocks in his jacket pocket in order to commit suicide.

Next of kin has been notified.

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