Missing Eugene man found dead in Portland

Michael Watts, 37, a performer who went by the stage name "Freddie Hollywood," was last seen Saturday, May 1, while in town to perform his Freddie Mercury impression at a local venue.

Posted: May 13, 2021 9:51 PM
Updated: May 14, 2021 8:49 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Eugene man who went missing from downtown Portland nearly two weeks ago has been found dead in the Willamette River near the Fremont Bridge, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) said Thursday.

Michael Watts, 37, a performer who went by the stage name "Freddie Hollywood," was last seen Saturday, May 1, while in town to perform his Freddie Mercury impression at a local venue.

His sister, Karlee Dash, told NBC's Dateline that Watts and his fiancée had been talking on FaceTime while he was walking to his hotel the night he disappeared. Dash said at one point, Watts appeared to be out of breath and his fiancée asked him what was wrong.

Watts reportedly mumbled something and then dropped the phone. The call was cut off and no one could get in touch with him after that.

“It’s like he just vanished,” Dash said.

His family and loved ones spent days in the Portland area searching for Watts and passing out fliers to help find him. They also offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.

In a news release, PPB said river patrol deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recovered the body from the Willamette River on Tuesday.

The police bureau said the cause and manner of death are still being determined.

Anyone who may have seen Watts the night he went missing or has information about this case is asked to email missing@portlandoregon.gov. 

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