SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Man missing since February identified as body found in Thermalito Forebay

Update: CHP is continuing to investigate to determine the circumstances that caused Martin's vehicle to leave the roadway.

Posted: Mar 8, 2020 3:51 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2020 8:17 AM

Update: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - A man found in the Thermalito Forebay on Sunday has been identified as a missing man last seen on Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 2, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say on Sunday, March 8, the body was found and appeared to be have been in the water for "an extended period of time".

During an investigation, glass was found on the body and based on information gathered, detectives say they believed the person was possibly involved in some type of collision prior to his death.

The sheriff's office and State Park officials immediately began searching the Forebay and surrounding waterway for evidence of the collision.

On March 10, State Park officials say they found tire tracks and a bent fence, giving them reason to believe a vehicle had possibly driven through the fence and landed in a canal east of the Forebay.

Looking in a boat with sonar technology, officials say they found an unoccupied vehicle at the bottom of the canal.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office, State Parks and CHP all worked together on March 11 to recover the vehicle.

Robert Martin of Oroville was the last known person to have ownership of the vehicle, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. A DNA sample was obtained by a relative of Martin and the office was able to positively identify the body as Martin.

Family members told officials the 63-year-old had been missing since early February when he was driving home to Oroville from Chico.

CHP is continuing to investigate to determine the circumstances that caused Martin's vehicle to leave the roadway.

---

OROVILLE, Calif.- A couple kayaking in Thermalito Forebay in Oroville found a body lying facedown in the water. They reported it to officials who arrived on the scene to investigate. 

It happened Sunday, March 8 at approximately 2 p.m. when a couple from Chico was kayaking in Thermalito Forebay when they spotted a body floating face down in the water. They contacted officials who arrived on the scene to recover the body. 

Cal Fire responded to the scene as well as Butte County Sheriffs and California State Park Officials. 

Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez was live at the scene and spoke to the couple as well as officials. She was able to speak to officials who say the body was a male and appeared to have been there a while. 

The cause of death is currently under investigation. Action News Now will update this story as soon as more information becomes available. 

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 292560

Reported Deaths: 6718
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1232563643
Riverside21957515
Orange20225376
San Diego17842406
San Bernardino16586293
Imperial7464125
Fresno728184
Alameda7245142
San Joaquin581761
Kern575987
Santa Clara5552165
Tulare5298148
Sacramento477678
Contra Costa424186
San Francisco407150
Ventura385850
Santa Barbara380830
San Mateo3743111
Marin323226
Stanislaus300450
Kings282338
Monterey227017
Solano192227
Merced162311
Sonoma148714
Placer97011
Madera8578
San Luis Obispo8453
Yolo76028
Santa Cruz5033
Napa4534
Sutter3234
San Benito3042
Butte2954
El Dorado2800
Lassen2670
Shasta1715
Humboldt1574
Nevada1551
Yuba1543
Glenn1530
Lake1001
Colusa980
Mendocino980
Tehama981
Calaveras610
Del Norte580
Tuolumne580
Mono491
Amador350
Inyo341
Siskiyou330
Mariposa311
Plumas150
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
97° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 97°
Oroville
Clear
100° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 100°
Paradise
Few Clouds
97° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 97°
Chester
Clear
85° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 85°
Red Bluff
Clear
98° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 98°
Willows
Few Clouds
97° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 97°
Sunny to mostly sunny skies and HOT temperatures are on the way through your weekend
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events