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A search for a Lafayette man who went missing Sunday near the Sacramento River is continuing today in Butte and Glenn counties, a sheriff’s official said. Brett Michael Olson, 20, was last seen in the area of the Sacramento River near the Butte-Glenn county line on Sunday afternoon, Glenn County Undersheriff Rich Warren said. Olson, who studies at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, had joined thousands of other college students that morning in a float down the river that takes place annually around the beginning of the school year, Warren said. Olson’s parents contacted Chico police on Monday night after Olson failed to return home, the undersheriff said.
A search began, involving the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Glenn County Sheriff’s Department, California Department Fish and Game, California State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local search-and rescue volunteers, Warren said. Olson is described as white, 6 feet 2 inches tall and about 160 pounds, and with short brown hair. The agencies’ efforts include crews searching by watercraft, aircraft and by land, Warren said. More than 50,000 people have joined a Facebook group dedicated to finding Olson. Of the members is Brett’s father, Michael Olson. In a post at about 8:30 a.m. today, he wrote, “We remain positive and optimistic that we will find Brett. If anyone saw Brett after 4 p.m. on Sunday, please let us know.”
The Facebook page, titled “Let’s Bring Brett Home,” can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/436209829755246/. Warren said the Butte County Sheriff’s Office is taking the lead at this stage of the search. A Butte County sheriff’s representative wasn’t immediately available for comment this morning.
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