Reports surfacing that missing RC student, son of a Packer coach, is body in river
Monday, January 9, 2012 9:00 AM
NFL.com is reporting that the body recovered in the Fox River in Oshkosh is the missing Ripon College student.
Body from river ID'd; name will be released tomorrow
by Ian Stepleton
While the Oshkosh Police Department has been treating the case of an individual falling through the ice of the Fox River as a separate incident, it has announced a male was recovered from the river. Identification of this individual will be made tomorrow (Tuesday).
In a press release sent out Monday evening, the department stated it has identified the individual, but will not name him until family is notified.
According to the release,
"Oshkosh Police Department Detectives have made positive identification on the body of a male recovered from the Fox River today. The name of the person is not being released pending notification and wishes of the family.
Foul play is not suspected, but the matter remains under investigation.
The Oshkosh Police Department will be releasing further information on January 10, 2012 after the notification of family members is made.
The Oshkosh Police Department has no further information to release in regards to the missing person investigation."
Michael Philbin, son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, has been missing since Sunday in Oshkosh.
Monday afternoon, the Oshkosh Police Department recovered a body from the Fox River. The department continues not to identify the male individual recovered, pending notification of family.
But by 6 p.m., NFL.com stories stated employees of the Packers had been notified that the body recovered was, in fact, Philbin.
The Oshkosh Police Department, however, simply released a statement stating it had made positive identification of the body, and that foul play was not suspected.
The Commonwealth, however, obtained the release after calling the Oshkosh Police Department, requesting information on the Michael Philbin case.
If the body recovered is, in fact, Philbin, this will be the second case in which a Ripon College student died in an accident in the past eight months. In late May, Abigail Hulquist died in a car accident in Wausaukee, Wis. She was 21.
For additional information, see the original story below.
by Jonathan Bailey
Michael Philbin, a Ripon College student and the son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, was reported missing Sunday evening in Oshkosh.
Cody Pinkston, director of media and public relations at the college, said according to details it received, the 21-year-old was last seen around 2 a.m. Sunday in Oshkosh, where he was visiting friends.
While an individual fell through the ice of the Fox River at approximately the same time (2:30 a.m.) and a body has since been recovered, the Oshkosh Police Department are treating the two incidents separately.
No positive identification has been made as of yet on the body pulled from the river at approximately 3 p.m. this afternoon, although it is believed to be that of a 20- to 25-year-old male.
Pinkston is hoping Philbin, an undeclared junior who has made the Dean’s List several times, is safe and will be found soon.
“We hope for a swift and positive resolution to the situation,” Pinkston said. “We’re trying to engage the Ripon community as best we can to help find Michael and figure out what happened, or at least get some information to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with them.”
Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson issued the following statement this afternoon: “The Packers organization is aware of the missing person report regarding Michael Philbin, son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philbin family during this difficult time.”
If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, they should call the Oshkosh Police Department at 920-236-5700.
For the latest developments on this breaking news story, see the Jan. 12, 2012 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.