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UPDATE: Roseburg man apparently falls to his death

IDLEYLD PARK — A 27-year-old man who went missing over the weekend was found dead Monday afternoon on the river’s edge of the North Umpqua River, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said today.

An investigation found that Robert “Patrick” Brislan II of Roseburg was walking along the edge of the road in the 23000 block of North Umpqua Highway on the other side of the guardrail when he fell some 50 feet down an embankment to the water’s edge, the sheriff’s office said.

Brislan had left a residence the night before to walk to a friend’s house, sheriff’s office spokesman, Dwes Hutson, said.

He said Brislan was found face down in the water at about 4:55 p.m., shortly after he was reported missing by family.

According to the sheriff’s office’s emergency dispatch logs, Brislan’s mother reported her son missing at about 4:30 p.m. She reported that Brislan wasn’t acting like himself when he left on foot at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Efforts to reach Brislan’s mother were unsuccessful today.

Hutson said family and friends realized Brislan was missing when he didn’t show up for work Monday. He said they retraced Brislan’s steps and found him.

Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and the Glide Fire Department responded and launched a raft at Swiftwater Park. Other firefighters rappelled down to the victim.

Hutson said the death did not appear to be suspicious.

David Lynes of Glide, a former co-worker and friend of Brislan’s, said Brislan was an “all-around good guy.” They had worked together off and on since Brislan was 18, he said.

Brislan’s employment with a Coos Bay construction company could not be confirmed today.

Another friend of Brislan’s, Rachel, who wished to be identified only by her first name, described him as an amazing person. “He had a contagious laugh, huge smile and the love of his daughter,” she said. “He was a great father.”

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The following version of this story appeared online March 25:

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed today that a body was discovered Monday, according to officials.

Sheriff’s office spokesman, Dwes Hutson, said the person has been identified, but that officers are still investigating the death.

He said the person was found face down in water, but did not disclose a location. No further details were available this afternoon.

The death did not appear to be suspicious, Hutson said.

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