Body recovered from Wild Section of the Rogue River

0226 Rogue RiverUpdate (0722 10:10 a.m.) — The Daily Courier reports Josephine County Sheriff’s Dave Daniels said he received word around 4:00 p.m. Thursday that the recovery effort has been successful.


Update (07/19 1:45 p.m.) — The Josephine County Sheriff’s Department has identified the man who drowned in the Rogue River on Sunday evening as 57-year-old Los Altos, California resident Mark Templeton.

Deputies said Templeton was located up against a rock about two feet underwater. Recovery efforts took place, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

According to the JCSO, a recovery team is being assembled and another effort will take place later on this week.


Josephine County, Ore. – Police say a man drowned in the Rogue River after getting pinned underwater.

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred on Sunday around 4:30 p.m.

According to police the 57-year-old man, who was on a guided rafting trip, drowned after his inflatable kayak flipped at Wildcat Rapid.

Police said river guides eventually found the deceased man pinned underwater. He was wearing a life jacket at the time his kayak flipped.

On Monday, police said Josephine County Search and Rescue are leading a recovery effort to remove the deceased man from the river.

The identity of the man will not be released by police until next of kin have been notified.

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