A Roseburg man was found dead in the South Umpqua River near Gaddis Park on Friday.

At 11:48 a.m. Friday, Douglas County 911 received a report of an unresponsive adult male in the water.

Emergency medical services crews and Roseburg police officers responded and confirmed the 48-year-old man was deceased. Foul play is not suspected, but investigators said the man was living a "transient lifestyle," and had been in and around the Gaddis Park area for "the past few days," according to a press release.

No further details were provided.

It was the second death of a homeless person in more than 12 days in Douglas County.

On Monday, Dec. 28, a homeless man was found deceased in a tent at the Stewart Park Duck Pond, according to the Douglas County Medical Examiner.

The Douglas County Medical Examiner confirmed the death of a 67-year-old transient.

Donovan Brink can be reached at dbrink@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4219.

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One question: How can you say this man is both from Roseburg and call him a transient? Transient - noun - a person who is staying or working in a place for only a short time. Is the word homeless too difficult? How about "living rough", would that help?

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