GREEN BAY – Oshkosh Police confirmed Tuesday morning that the body recovered from the Fox River on Monday near the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus was that of Michael Philbin, the son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.
According to police, Michael Philbin, 21, had been out with friends on Saturday night and was last heard from when he called someone on his cell phone at 2:10 a.m. Sunday. The call was made from the area around the Fox River.
At 2:36 a.m. a security guard at AxleTech, a company nearby, reported hearing a man calling for help and seeing someone in the river near a section of thin ice about 30 yards from shore. The Winnebago County search and rescue dive team searched for Philbin until his body was recovered at 3 p.m. Monday.
Philbin, a student at Ripon College, was visiting friends in Oshkosh for the weekend.
Though no foul play is suspected, police are investigating the events that led up to Philbin’s death, and are asking for the help of anyone who had contact with him.
Police said they withheld identifying Philbin on Monday at the request of Philbin’s family.
A cause of death has not yet been determined. An autopsy is being conducted in Madison today, but results will not be available for at least four weeks.
In a statement released by the team, Packers general manager Ted Thompson said: “The Packers family was saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Philbin, son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe, his wife, Diane, and the Philbin family as they cope with their loss. This is an emotional and difficult time for them, and we ask that everyone respect their privacy. All of us in the Packers family share in their grief.”
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