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UPDATE: Body pulled from South Umpqua identified as missing Roseburg man

The body pulled from the South Umpqua River at Elk Island Tuesday afternoon has been identified as a Roseburg man who was reported missing last month.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the man is Levi Paul Jones, 35. He had last been seen leaving a home on Southeast Pine Street on Dec. 30.

Missing person posters featuring Jones’ personal information have been hung around the Roseburg area.

An autopsy was conducted this afternoon. The medical examiner’s office determined Jones’ cause of death was drowning.

Jones’ body was spotted face down by fishermen at 12:37 p.m. They called emergency dispatchers, who alerted Roseburg police and Douglas County’s multi-agency dive team.

At 2:05 p.m., diver Brandon Sarti of the Winston Police Department and sheriff’s deputy Ken Zarbano used a rope to wrest the body loose and drag it to the riverside, where it was photographed and placed inside body bags.

“This is probably a result of the river receding,” Roseburg police Detective Sgt. Joe Kaney said.

Elk Island is privately owned. The body was found across the river from Deer Creek Park.

Angler Kenny Workman, the person who first spotted the body, said he and two friends were side-drifting when he saw a fish jump near the body. He turned the boat around, floated toward the spot and was about 4 feet from the body when he noticed a pant seam.

“I said, ‘That looks like a dead body,’ ” Workman said. One of his boatmates believed it was a dead deer, Workman said.

Workman said the dead man did not look old, was not tall and was wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.

• You can reach reporter Garrett Andrews at 541-957-4218 or by email at gandrews@nrtoday.com.

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