Body of Californian man found near Rock Point Bridge – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

Crews search the Rogue River near Gold Hill for a California man who lost on May 2. The body of 21-year-old Jesus Flores-Galindo was found on Sunday. (Photo JCSO)

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said a body found in the Rogue River on Sunday is Jesus Flores-Galindo, 21, of Lamont, Calif., Who went missing earlier this month after jumping in the water near Gold Hill.

Sheriff’s Department marine units and Rogue River Fire District firefighters responded to a 7 p.m. report of a body floating in the river below the Rock Point Bridge. They recovered the body at 8:11 p.m. near Valley of the Rogue State Park, according to a press release.

Sheriff officials are “confident” the body is Flores-Galindo due to a corresponding physical description and some items found with the body, said Mike Moran, the department’s chief information officer. The next of kin have been notified.

Flores-Galindo disappeared shortly after 6 p.m. on May 2, after jumping into the river to cool off on a family outing. Witnesses said they saw Flores-Galindo splash before sinking.

“Witnesses at the scene said they didn’t think the subject could swim,” a Facebook post from the Sheriff’s Department said. “It is believed that he may have entered a deep pool and the temperature of the cool water affected him as well.”

The initial search for Flores-Galindo lasted for several days, with search and rescue teams using an underwater drone, dive teams and plane flights over the river.

Contact Ryan Pfeil, Mail Tribune Editor-in-Chief, at 541-776-4468 or Follow him on Twitter at @ryanpfeil.

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