UPDATE: Missing Cal Poly student’s body found on Sacramento River

Brett Olson is circled in red in this photo provided by his family.
Brett Olson is circled in red in this photo provided by his family.

UPDATE 10:42 p.m. Sept. 9:

The body of Brett Olson, a Cal Poly student who had been missing for a week, was found floating in the Sacramento River on Sunday morning, according to Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones.

A fisherman on the bank spotted the body and flagged down members of a search-and-rescue team who were on a boat in the river, Jones said.

Olson, 20, a theater major at Cal Poly, participated in the annual float on Labor Day weekend with thousands of other young adults. He was last seen Sept. 2, about 4 p.m., on Beer Can Beach. The body was found a mile or two down river.

Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong issued the following statement regarding the discovery of Olson’s body:

“This is devastating news. We all held out hope that there might be a different outcome to the search. It’s painful for all of us at Cal Poly to lose someone whose life was filled with so many dreams and hopes, and I can only imagine the grief that Brett’s family feels. Our deepest sympathies are with the Olson family as they move through this difficult time.”

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UPDATE 1:28 p.m. Sept. 9:

The body of Brett Olson, a 20-year-old Cal Poly student, was found today on the Sacramento River after nearly a week of searching, according to the Chico Police.

No more details were available.

At 3 p.m. more details will be released by the Glenn County Sheriff's Department.

UPDATE 8:27 p.m. Sept. 8:

A sixth day of searching for a Cal Poly student who went missing Sept. 2 on the Sacramento River near Chico ended without success, said Lt. Mike O’Brien of the Chico police department.

Brett Olson was last seen on Beer Can Beach on the river, where he was taking part in a river float.

Authorities have followed several leads but all have come to naught, O’Brien said. They also located Olson’s cellphone, which was in the neighborhood in Chico where he was staying. Police believe he left the phone there before going to the river.

Friends of Olson who were on the river Sept. 2 have been interviewed by police. One had been drinking so heavily he did not recall much of the day, O’Brien said.

Original story:

Search crews continue to scour the Sacramento River looking for any signs of Brett Olson, a Cal Poly theater major who disappeared near Chico last weekend.

Sgt. Steve Collins of Butte County Sheriff’s Office said that a search crew started at 7 a.m. Friday and is continuing to look using a helicopter, a boat and people on foot. So far, no sign of Olson has been found.

Volunteers are also scouring nearby neighborhoods while Glenn County Sheriff’s officials are following up on any tips as they come in.

The search will resume tomorrow and continue into next week if needed, said Collins.

“It is frustrating,” Collins said. “We would like to come up with some sort of clue or some rationale to explain why we haven’t come up with anything yet. We are just going to keep looking and keep trying.”

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