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Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:56 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 6:46 pm
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Michael Philbin hasn't been seen since Sunday morning.By Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (5:43 p.m. ET): ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde is reporting that the Packers players have been told that the body has been indentified as Michael Philbin.

Earlier in the day, here's what coach Mike McCarthy had to say: "The Philbin family is obviously going through a tough time. As we always have, we're family-first in this organization. We're supporting Joe and his family the best we can, and we're holding out hope that this comes to a positive conclusion."

According to WFRV out of Green Bay, Oshkosh police are not releasing the name of the body due to "family wishes." Foul play is not suspected, but the investigation of the incident is still under investigation.

From the Twitter account of Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, whose squad faces Green Bay this weekend: "Our prayers go out to the Philbin family and Packer nation for their loss."

UPDATED (5:03 p.m. ET):
According to the Northwestern.com, a body has been recovered from the river but no positive ID has been made yet.

Police said the body of a man between the ages of 20-25 was recovered in about 15 feet of water, 30 yards from the shore at about 3 p.m. Monday.

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Police in Oshkosh, Wis., are searching for a person who might have fallen through the ice and into the Fox River, and at the same time, police are asking for help from the public to locate the whereabouts of 21-year-old Michael T. Philbin, the son of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.

As the Northwestern.com reports, divers began to search for the missing person early Sunday when a man reported he thought he heard somebody crying out for help from the river about 2:30 a.m.

Michael Philbin was last heard from early Sunday while he was on a trip to visit friends at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He spoke to somebody on his cell phone about 2 a.m., and he wasn’t reported missing until about 8 p.m. Sunday. Police do not suspect foul play.

The police, though, are treating the missing persons report and the possible drowning as two separate incidents.

Philbin is described as 5-foot-11 and 155 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with any information on Philbin is asked to call Oshkosh police at (920) 236-5700.

In the past week, Joe Philbin has interviewed for the head coaching jobs for the Chiefs and the Dolphins.

"The Packers organization is aware of the missing person report regarding Michael Philbin, son of offensive coordinator Joe Philbin," the Packers said in a statement released Monday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Philbin family during this difficult time. We ask anyone with information about Michael to contact the Oshkosh Police Department."

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Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:24 pm
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

 Thanks for the link to give this story some perspective...yes, it does sound like rape...no, it was rape!

Knowing nothing really, except having been 18 and coming from a "good family", this kid was obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time.
 It seems that those that live a lifestyle that puts their very existence in jeopardy often end up bitten by the recklessness they engage in...there is so much more to this story that has some lessons in it for kids adrift from family, reality, community.


The Philbin's must be so saddened by this outcome for their son...and wondering why they couldn't have better raised and protected a kid who at 21, was still, just a kid. 



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:36 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

@danielson1012: What we might think as trivial God sees as an offense. God even killed 2 people for telling only one lie (even more importantly he says that All liars will have their part in the lake of fire). God is an infinite and holy and just judge, and he has said that if you break one of his commandments you are as guilty as breaking all of them.



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:28 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

@ slogun: Do you believe that nothing created everything?



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:12 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

skb36, you might be right.  But in the meantime, to the families of rapists everywhere, hugs and kisses, thoughts and prayers...



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:06 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

Kharma will catch up to you also, you are very cold and disrespectful and you will know when it gets you.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:57 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

Per santaclara1: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the girls whom this young man sexually assaulted last year."

WELL SAID!  I would add that the conviction was for battery as well as sexual assault.  Kharma caught up to this guy.




Since: Jun 6, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:52 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

Rape or no rape my prayers go out to the Philbin family. And to the families of the girls. Better parenting may have led to a better outcome to both situations..




Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:52 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

My heart goes out to the Philbin's family, its such a trajedy to lose a loved one at such a young age, may god help your family through this difficult time.
For those of you that cannot say something comforting to the family please just don't say anything at all.



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:46 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

I have kids and Iam fortunate that I have not lost one of them. This is truley a sad story but
the only reason it has made national news is because of who he is. This happens to people
around the world every day. I live in Green Bay and it is heartbreaking. If this would have
happened to just any child it would have been reported locally but not nationally. All the national
news stations are vultures, they will make this into a bigger story than what it needs to be.
I would hope they will let the Philbin's family mourn peacefully in their time of need.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:33 am
 

Report: Body of Joe Philbin's son positively ID'd

I'm a parent that has lost a child and there isnt a worse pain. My condolences go out to the Philbin family. 


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