Body of Missing Lafayette Man Brett Michael Olson Found

Body was identified by parents, Sunday morning.

Monday, Sep 10, 2012  |  Updated 4:03 PM PDT
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Body of Missing Cal Poly Student Found

Brett Michael Olson

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A body of missing Lafayette man Brett Michael Olson was found this morning in the Sacramento River near the Butte-Glenn county line.

The student's parents were able to identify the body as that of their son, reports the Mercury News.

Glenn County sheriff's deputies located the body after a weeklong search that was launched when Olson disappeared at an event on the river on Sept. 2, Butte County Sheriff Sgt. Steve Collins said today.

The body was reportedly found just upsteram of a washout, by people fishing from the bank. 

Olson, who studied at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, had joined thousands of other college students in a float down the river that takes place annually around the beginning of the school year.

A search began on Monday that involved the Butte County Sheriff's Office, Glenn County Sheriff's Department, California Department Fish and Game, California State Parks, aerial units, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local search-and rescue volunteers.

A memorial is planned on Tuesday for Olson, according to friends and family.

A message posted to the Facebook page attributed to Brett's parents, Michael and Liz Olson, thanked the many people who helped look for him.

"You filled us with hope and love this week which we will carry with us for the res of our lives," the statement read.

The candlelight vigil and memorial event is expected to take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, according to friends and organizers

Bay City News contributed to this article.

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