Search Continues for Missing Cal Poly Student

Sep 5, 2012 2:17 PM

Search efforts continued Wednesday morning for a missing Cal Poly student who vanished over the weekend after floating with friends on the Sacramento River. Park employees told authorities that around 11 p.m. Tuesday, they heard what they thought was someone moaning from the west side of the river just south of Scotty's Landing. When crews did a ground search they came up empty handed. A Butte County Search and Rescue helicopter was also sent out Tuesday night, and again Wednesday morning, but was unsuccessful in locating the missing 20 year-old.

Sgt. Steve Collins with the Butte County Sheriff's Office says, "We do know the general area where the noises were heard from and so we're going to try and focus around that area. We're going to check along the riverbanks and just make sure we haven't missed anything out there."

Friends of Brett Olson have been doing everything in their power to spread awareness about the search for the missing student. They have set up a Facebook group called "Let's Bring Brett home" which has rapidly grown to roughly 30,000 members. The "hash-tag" "#findbrettolson" is also trending on Twitter. The Facebook group can be accessed here:

Brett Olson left his parent's home in Lafayette on Friday to come to Chico for the annual Labor Day float. His friends last saw him on Beer Can Beach around 3 p.m. Sunday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Butte or Glenn County Sheriff's Office.


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