Body of Missing Lafayette Man Found

Father of Brett Olson was president of Southampton Company.

Update: Septmber 9, 2012

People fishing on the Sacramento River Sunday morning, September 9, found a body that has been positively identified as Brett Olson, the Cal Poly student from Lafayette who went missing after attending the Chico Float last weekend, according to a report in the Chico Enterprise-Record.

After the body was recovered and brought to a boat ramp, Olson's parents, Michael and Elizabeth Olson, identified their son's body, the Enterprise-Record reported.

The search for Olson, 20, had been a focus of media attention throughout Northern California. A $50,000 reward had been offered for his safe return, and a Facebook page titled "Let's Bring Brett Home" had attracted more than 90,000 fans.


Brett Olson, the Lafayette man who went missing over the Labor Day weekend, is the son of the former Executive President of the Southampton Company, the developers of the Southampton neighborhood in Benicia.

According to Brett Olson, a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, had travelled to Chico to participate in the Chico Float with friends. He became separated from the group near a popular beach along the river.

His father Michael Olson worked for the Southampton Company during the development company's heyday.  Michael and his wife Liz are in Chico aiding in the search for their missing son.

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Debra September 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM
If you guys keep commenting on his rudness, it keeps it going. That's what he wants.
Scott Burford September 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Debra, you are right about his motive; however, I also feel like I am condoning his comments by not responding.
Carlene Coury September 10, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Sometimes the loudes and best response is no response at all.
Kimble Googman September 11, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I agree
Michelle Kye September 11, 2012 at 02:26 AM
My sincere condolences to the Olson family. I can't even begin to imagine the pain they must be going through. I will keep Brett and his family in my heart & prayers.


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