Son of Packers Football Coach Found Dead in River


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Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(OSHKOSH, Wis.) — The son of Green Bay Packers coach Joe Philbin has been found dead in an icy Wisconsin river, according to sources.

Michael Philbin, the 21-year-old son of the Packers offensive coordinator, was reported missing Sunday by his family. League sources told ESPN that a body recovered from an Oshkosh, Wis., river on Monday was identified as the missing son.

The police said they will publicly identify the body at a press conference Tuesday. They withheld the name of the individual Monday at the request of the family, but confirmed that the body was that of a man, aged 20 to 25 years old.

The body was discovered after an employee at a nearby business reported hearing cries for help from someone on the icy Fox River around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Police, fire and dive team patrols searched the area, but did not find anyone on Sunday.

A fresh search was conducted on Monday and the body was found around 3:15 p.m., according to Police Officer Joseph Nichols.

Nichols said temperatures had been unseasonably warm in the Oshkosh area — 50 miles from Green Bay — and that there was only a little bit of ice around the edge of the river.

Packers coach Joe Philbin spent Monday in Oshkosh, where his son had been reported missing after an outing with friends at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, according to ESPN. Michael Philbin is the second-oldest of six children.  

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