UPDATE: August 19, 2022
The man found deceased was identified as Josef Baiddou, age 43, and his family has been notified.
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION: August 8, 2022
Man found deceased in Willamette River
On August 7 at 10:22 a.m., a person called Central Lane 911 after a white male, age 43, was observed deceased in the Willamette River in shallow water. The location was just east of River House, 301 N. Adams Street. Eugene Police officers responded as well as a Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputy. There were no significant observable injuries and the death does not appear to be criminal in nature. LCSO helped recover the body and the Lane County Medical Examiner responded to the scene.
The medical examiner has retained jurisdiction of the case and will continue the investigation. The person has been identified by the Medical Examiner, but next of kin has not been located locally. Because of that, the man’s name will not be released at this time.