UPDATE: Body found in submerged vehicle confirmed to be missing Douglas County Man


    MISSING | Nicholas Blum (Image via Sutherlin Police Department)

    TYEE, Ore. -- UPDATE: The Douglas County Medical Examiner has confirmed that the decedent from the fatal car crash has been positively identified as Nicholas Blum.

    The exact date of Blum's death is unknown, but evidence indicates that the crash occurred around the time that Blum was reported missing.

    The vehicle of a missing Oakland man was recovered on Sunday, authorities report.

    At 9:45 a.m., the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen who had been fishing in the area of the 18000-block of Tyee Road when they spotted a vehicle in the Umpqua River.

    Deputies responded and located the vehicle on its top completely submerged in the river.

    Marine deputies were able to navigate to the vehicle in a boat to secure it.

    Around 3:15 p.m., the vehicle was extricated from the water and pulled to shore with the assistance of Roseburg Towing.

    The vehicle, a 1995 Toyota Tercel with Oregon license plate UNQ902, is registered to 28-year-old Nicholas Zachary Julian Blum of Oakland.

    Blum was previously reported missing to the Sutherlin Police Department.

    The body of an adult male was also located inside the wrecked car, police said.

    The Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office is working to make positive identification, but believes the body is that of Blum given evidence at the scene, the report said.

    Evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle was traveling east on Tyee Road when it left the roadway for an unknown reason, police said. The vehicle rolled down the embankment and into the river where it traveled approximately 300 feet down stream.

    Blum's family has been notified.

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