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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
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, 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.


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 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: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:31 am
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Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:28 am

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

As a Bears fan,  i just want to say my hearts and prayers goes out to Joe Philbin,  his famlily,  and the Packers organization,  just sad a day, and its hard to lose somebody that was closer to u and brought into this world and see that person is no more.  I will be praying for them on this tragic day.

Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:27 am

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

My sincerest condolenceses. Terrible loss. I would like to thank Justin Tuck from the Giants along with, the kind words of some the Giants fans expressed. Real Class New York.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:53 am

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

 If you have ever lied, stolen, looked with lust, and used God's name in vain then by your own admission, you would be a liar, thief, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. God is a holy and just judge and he must punish sin. So if God were to judge you by the 10 commandments, he would find you guilty and that would mean that he would send you to Hell forever. God is good and loving
What a crock. First you say we will go to hell for ETERNITY because we may have done something so trivial like told a lie or looked at a woman with lust and then you say God is good and loving? Pretty steep price to pay to somebody as loving and caring as you say he is.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:23 am

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

( KARMA) may be in your future.
And heres to karma being in your future for even suggesting that it will be in mine. Adios.  

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:19 am

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

As a person, who lives in Oshkosh Wi. I don't understand how he could fall through the ice, considering there is no ice on the river. The Fox river never really freezes even in the coldest years. Too much current. My heart goes out to the Philbin family. Go Pack Go!!

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:16 am

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

You sound like a kind forgiving person. I don't at all like what he did (if true) but who are you to wish death upon on anyone ( KARMA) may be in your future. Good night.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:07 am

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

riffith, while it may not be in you, I sure have it in philsfan and all the other mentally deficient assholes on here saying this kid got what he deserved, and this and that, here is hoping each of your immediate futures have long patches of very thin ice in them.

Oh shutup you simpleton. The kid was a damn rapist. I feel for his family but sure as hell dont for him.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:07 am

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

My hat is off to you for offering to kick that pathetic animals ass. He is not worthy of another breath. If the low life called( philsfan) is actually a form of  a human being my hope is that you never father a child. (which I doubt would be possible as you are a ignorant fool without balls) Hide your face you are an embarrasment.

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:05 am

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

Nope. Philly fans are the worst. Common knowledge. I mean you just had three Philly fans beating other fans after paying a homeless person to spray cleaning chemicals in their face. The worst
Ahhh shut your pie hole. There were 45000 fans of both teams wathcing the game and not a single fight broke out until a few drunken thugs did what they did to that poor bastard after the game. Hopefuly they catch them but there is no need to label a whole fanbase because of a few knuckleheads. Alot of nut jobs from Seattle like Ted Bundy and that Capitol Hill mass murderer so by your logic I guess you Seattle folk are a bunch of crazed killers? Of course not that would be silly.

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