On October 11, 2015, at approximately 1606 hours, Butte County Sheriff’s Office received phone call from a citizen who witnessed a person drown in the Feather River at the edge of her property around the 1200 block of Middlehoff Lane in Oroville.
Deputies responded and contacted the reporting party (RP). The RP stated a male is his 20’s wandered onto her property. The RP told the male subject he was on private property. She tried to get the male to leave, advising the river was dangerous, but the man walked down to the river and tried to walk along the riverbank. The man then tried to swim across the river and ultimately drowned. The RP immediately returned to her residence and called 911.
Cal Fire was on scene at approximately 1637 hours. The victim was located under the water approximately 75 feet from the riverbank. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded and assisted in transporting the victim to shore while Cal Fire personnel conducted CPR. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was later pronounced deceased. The victim has not yet been identified.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify the victim and urges anyone who might have information regarding the incident to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Division or the watch commander at (530) 538-7321 or 891-2711.