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The Douglas County Medical Examiner has notified the family of Nicholas Blum that the decedent from the fatal car crash has been positively identified as Nicholas Blum.
The exact date of Blum's death is unknown, however evidence indicates that the crash occurred around the time he was reported missing.
TYEE, Ore. -- The vehicle of a missing Sutherlin man was recovered on Sunday, January 6, 2019. The Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen who had been fishing in the area of the 18000-block of Tyee Road when located a vehicle in the river. Deputies responded and located the vehicle on its top completely submerged in river. Marine Deputies were able to navigate to the vehicle in a boat and secure it. 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. 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. Evidence at the scene indicates the vehicle was traveling east on Tyee Road when it left the roadway for an unknown reason. The vehicle rolled down the embankment and into the river where the vehicle traveled approximately 300 feet down stream. Blum's family has been notified.