Missing man, daughter found dead in Umpqua River

Sean Moss and his daughter, Madison Moss, were recovered inside a submerged vehicle in the Umpqua River.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 11:46 AM
Updated: Nov 14, 2019 11:14 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A three-month search for a missing man and his young daughter ended Thursday when deputies found their bodies in a submerged vehicle in the Umpqua River.

Sean Moss, 29, and his daughter, Madison Moss, 2, were located near the 11500 block of Garden Valley Road, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The Chevy Trailblazer was under 12 feet of water in a narrow canal.

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According to his manager, Moss worked at a food distribution center in Roseburg before he disappeared. He said he was heartbroken to hear the news, but he's glad the family and friends have the closure they needed. 

The pair were reported missing on Aug. 12.

Investigators say they spotted crash debris on the road around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. 

"That invoked a response with multiple other units responding out here. We did locate a vehicle under the water. We had divers out in the water yesterday afternoon and they did identify there was a vehicle underwater."

A dive team located the SUV at 2 p.m., but steep terrain delayed the recovery. On Thursday morning, the vehicle was brought out of the water.

Those who live and work nearby said they were surprised that the vehicle wasn't noticed earlier.

"The expectation is that if anybody takes a car into the river somebody is going to know about it immediately or within a few hours because they will come up missing," said Roger O'Connor, who leases a nearby property.

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