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Neighbors share stories of father and daughter found dead near Roseburg

Neighbors say Madison was very giggly and smiled a lot whenever Sean brought her out of his apartment.

Posted: Nov 15, 2019 6:13 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2019 6:13 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Neighbors sharing stories about 29-year-old Sean Moss and 2-year-old Madison Moss, whose bodies were found in the main Umpqua River on Wednesday.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the father and daughter were reported missing on Aug. 12. They were last seen on Aug. 9 leaving a friend’s house.

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After a three-month search, officials said their bodies were located near the 11500 block of Garden Valley Road. The Chevy Trailblazer was under 12 feet of water in a narrow canal.

Many neighbors who lived in the same apartment complex as Sean Moss told KEZI 9 News that he was quiet and kept to himself.
However, they said Madison was very giggly and smiled a lot whenever her dad brought her out of his apartment.

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“They were really, really nice people,” said Jensen Hellenthal, a neighbor. “The little girl was super sweet. She would always say hi when we walked by. She would always want to throw her toy down, and we would have to throw it back up to her.”

Another neighbor told KEZI 9 News that there were times where they were occasionally concerned about Madison’s safety. They said Sean would stay up all night playing loud music, and they would question some of the people that would come in and out of his apartment.

Regardless, many of Sean’s neighbors also said he was a great father to Madison. They said they always saw him playing with her and making sure she was safe.

“I wish they were found alive,” said Debra Timmons, another neighbor. “I wish they would’ve stuck around. Went to the fair and all that. Went to work the next day.”

There is a candlelight vigil planned for Sean and Madison Moss on Sunday, Nov. 17. It will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the River Forks Park pavilion in Roseburg.

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