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    FALL CREEK — The search for a man missing since Friday ended Wednesday when search and rescue divers found his body in his car in the Willamette River near Fall Creek.

    Efforts to find Anthony Victor Grayson, 19, had been fruitless until late Wednesday afternoon, when Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies walking along Jasper-Lowell Road looking for clues noticed car parts along the riverbank.

    Divers from the Lane County Dive Team and members of Lane County Search and Rescue were called in. The divers conducted an intense search on the river bottom and discovered Grayson’s white four-door 2000 Ford Crown Victoria completely submerged in the river. The car could not be seen from the road or the riverbank, the sheriff’s office said.

    Divers found Grayson in the driver’s seat of his car, his seat belt still on.

    A preliminary investigation suggested that Grayson’s car collided with a tree before going into the river. Lane County sheriff’s officials say that alcohol wasn’t a factor in the crash.

    Jasper-Lowell Road was closed for several hours Wednesday as a local tow company and the sheriff’s dive team removed the car from the river.

    Grayson was last seen about 1:15 p.m. Friday when he donned his uniform and headed to his security guard job in Eugene.

    Between home in Fall Creek and work, he disappeared.

    When he failed to return home as usual, the relative with whom he lived called his employer and learned that Grayson had never showed up. Calls to his cell phone went unanswered.

    Grayson was not the kind of person who would leave without contacting family, Lane County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clint Riley said. His disappearance was out of character.

    “He’s not the type who disappears for a week,” Riley said.

    The relative called the sheriff’s office about 12:15 a.m. Sunday to report the young man missing.

    Detectives spoke with friends and family. They sent a missing persons bulletin to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They released Grayson’s photo and information about his disappearance to local media.

    Deputies had driven Grayson’s route many times but decided Wednesday to walk it. The sheriff’s marine patrol and helicopter also took part. That’s how they noticed evidence suggesting that a car had run off the road and into the river.

    A sheriff’s helicopter crew confirmed from above that a white car was submerged in the water.

    Its not how we die that counts.....
    Its not how we lived that counts....
    all that matters is how we saved that one life that one time by being in the right place at the right time....

  • #2
    Another death while driving.

    A sad situation for the deceased's family and friends.

    My thoughts go out to them.


    • #3
      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)