Missing man's body found in North Umpqua

Missing man's body found in North Umpqua
Search and rescue crews comb the river in May after Joshua Ryan Alexander disappeared.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The body of a man who vanished while floating down the North Umpqua River May 20 was recovered June 27 about a mile and a half downstream from where he was last seen.

Joshua Ryan Alexander, 27, of Idleyld Park vanished May 20 while 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 was presumed drowned.

A resident called the Douglas County Sheriff's Office on Monday morning with information that led to deputies discovering Alexander's body near the shore.

Alexander was the first of three people to drown in the Umpqua river system since May 20. A third man drowned Sunday, just a day after a fisherman found the body of a teen who vanished a week earlier. >>> Background