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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Joe Feltcher September 06, 2012 at 04:12 PM
He's a goner. Nobody ever disappears on a river and is found alive.
Mike September 06, 2012 at 06:37 PM
This is not the time or place for your comment, Joe.
Joe Feltcher September 06, 2012 at 07:43 PM
If he is found alive I will personally send you a check for $20.
Rita Martinez September 06, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Joe, This is not the time or place for comments like your. Please keep them to yourself. This family has enough to deal with right now and needs all the positive thoughts and prayers.
Sane Person September 06, 2012 at 10:38 PM
J B, Ari: This is the reason no -one bothers to take this site seriously. It has become a haven for classless, attention-seeking misfits like this guy and the Bobby wars, BTW check out last week's city council meeting for fascinating dicsussion of your favorite commentor's arrest for domestic violence. Charming group you've got here. In the meantime I still hope Mr. Olsen is found okay.
JB Davis (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Joe, I would tend to agree with the rest of the commenters. This is one of those times when the old saying, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all," would be an appropriate guideline.
Louise September 07, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Brett Olson lived his first years of life in downtown Benicia. My sons had play-dates with him. I have photos of him as a toddler. The Olsons moved to Lafayette in the mid-90s but left many friends here in Benicia who care profoundly about Brett’s whereabouts. I hope we can all come together for a moment to send prayers and good thoughts to this family.
Scott Burford September 07, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Amen to that Rita. Prayers to the family. Joe, all I can say for you is this: karma is a biatch. If I were you, I'd say inside with the shades drawn and dont eat anything with bones in it. Try that for oh, about 3 decades and get back to us then.
jan1 September 07, 2012 at 10:21 AM
There have been valid possible sightings of Brett on Monday by two witnesses, one who talked to him and described him as "disoriented." Both said he was still in his purple/white bathing suit (photo on the facebook page.) CHICO Residents Please look for someone in your community. Brett's beard is growing out. He looks slightly different now. He may have a possible head injury which explains disorientation. If you see a man wandering around. Aid/ assist. Get HELP. BRING BRETT HOME!! He is very LOVED.
Annoyed September 08, 2012 at 02:37 PM
You are an idiot and I am not sure why i'm even wasting my time responding to you. Benicia Patch, condoning these comments is a disgrace.
JB Davis (Editor) September 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Joe, I felt that last comment crossed a line so I deleted it. Please work on being more appropriate when posting comments.
Joe Feltcher September 08, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Will do JB. Thanks.
Scott Burford September 09, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I have friends who have lost a son or daughter, and there is nothing more terrible than that imo. Condolences to the family and friends of this young man.
Joe Feltcher September 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I will accept all apologies now for all you who attacked me for stating the obvious. My condolences to the Olsen family.
Scott Burford September 09, 2012 at 10:20 PM
That is a completely tasteless comment. You should be apologizing to the family for even making the comment to begin with. You deserve nothing but ridicule.
JB Davis (Editor) September 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Joe, Nothing in this story is about you. It is about the tragic loss of a young man who had Benicia ties. I am certain the family accepts your condolences.
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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