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Body of missing Chico State student Anthony Mahr found in Sacramento River

Sheriff's have confirmed the body found in the Sacramento River on August 29, has been identified as Anthony Mahr. Action News Now spoke with his mother about what this means for her.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 3:15 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2019 11:38 AM

UPDATE 6:46 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 - Sean Murphy, the Public Affairs Specialist of Chico State, released a statement on behalf of the University regarding Anthony's death:

"We are incredibly saddened by this outcome. Losing a student is never easy and this is a sad way to start the semester. We will be working to ensure students, faculty, and staff know of the counseling resources available to them to cope with Tony’s death. We offer our sincere condolences to the family.”

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UPDATE 6:04 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 - Anthony Mahr's mother, Stephanie, said the finding of her son's body has brought closure for her and her family.

"He was so young and he had so much ahead of him," said Stephanie Mahr. "He was such a bright young boy. He had a lot of plans."

Mahr has spent the past several days in Chico and she said she has received a lot of online support from the community.

She told Action News Now she does not believe foul play to be a factor and believes her son's death was accidental.

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UPDATE 3:33 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 - Sheriff's have confirmed the body found in the Sacramento River Thursday, has been identified as Anthony Mahr.

22-year-old Anthony Mahr was reported missing Aug. 20, after he went floating on the Sacramento River. 

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said they found a male body in the Sacramento River, a quarter-mile away from Scotty's Landing boat ramp at 9:20 a.m. They were responding to a call from a fisherman who said he saw the body.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit, Detectives, and the Search and Rescue Team responded. 

The investigation into the death is ongoing.

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UPDATE 10:41 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 - The Butte County Sheriff's Office is investigating a tubing mishap, a burglary arrest and a missing man. Action news now reporter Laura Eng spoke to the missing man's mother about the events leading to Anthony Mahr's disappearance.

"At first I just didn't believe all the scenarios that were being thrown at us. I just can't believe it," said Stephanie Mahr, Anthony Mahr's mother. "I'm just devastated that it didn't get reported until late at night."

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said search and rescue efforts will continue during the weekend with boats and underwater cameras.

Contact the Sheriff's Office if you know any information. 

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CHICO, Calif. - After a Chico man was arrested for a residential burglary he reported to the Butte County Sheriff's Office that two of his friends were missing after floating the Sacramento River Tuesday, Aug. 20.

On Aug. 20, around 5:30 p.m. a resident living near the Sacramento River reported an individual was inside his residence when he arrived home.

The resident also reported someone forced entry into his residence and caused extensive damage to the residence.

Deputies responded to the area and after an extensive search, 22-year-old Brentston Rhodes of Chico was located around 9:30 p.m.

It was determined during the investigation that Rhodes removed items from the residence during the burglary. Rhodes was eventually placed under arrest for residential burglary.

After his arrest, Rhodes reported two of his friends were missing. Rhodes told Deputies that Lavina Corsbie, Anthony Mahr, and Rhodes were floating on the Sacramento River earlier in the day around 12:30 p.m.

Rhodes explained their tubes hit a snag and all three of them fell into the river.

Deputies later located 22-year-old Corsbie in the Chico area. Corsbie stated she was able to swim to safety after her tube hit a snag.

At this time 22-year-old, Chico State student, Anthony Mahr is still missing.

Detectives are currently conducting follow-up and are attempting to locate Mahr.

Butte County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team was called out, and an ongoing search started Aug. 20.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's Office at 530-538-7321.

The Glenn County Sherif's Office and California State Parks have been assisting with the search.

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