Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  05/20/2011 - 21:00
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Probable Drowning  
Date/Time of Incident:  05/20/2011 - 17:25
Incident Location:  23000 block N Umpqua Hwy, Narrows Wayside, Idleyld Park, OR  
Case Number:  11-1830  
Presumed Drowned:  Alexander, Joshua Ryan / 27 yoa male / Idleyld Park, OR

Sheriff's deputies are investigating a probable drowning that occurred at about 1725 hours today on the North Umpqua River near the Narrows Wayside.

Joshua Alexander had been swimming in the river with his girlfriend and two children. He decided to float downstream on an air mattress to the Narrows Wayside. Prior to reaching the Narrows Wayside, Alexander's air mattress flipped over, throwing him into the water. Alexander never arrived at the Wayside and is presumed drowned. Alexander was not wearing a life jacket.

Sheriff's Office divers will resume searching the river for Alexander tomorrow morning at 1000 hours.

No further information is available at this time.

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