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Son of Packers offensive coordinator found dead in Wisconsin river

Maggie Hendricks
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Several reporters on-scene in Green Bay report that a body found in the Fox River has been identified as Michael Philbin, and the news was confirmed by police on Monday evening. Michael was the 21-year-old son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.

Michael was reported missing on Sunday night. The last time he was heard from was 2 a.m. on Sunday. He lived in Ripon, Wis., and was visiting friends in Oshkosh, which is 21 miles away.

An employee in a building near the Fox River heard ice breaking and someone call for help around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. They recovered a body fitting Michael's description around 3 p.m. on Monday.

Michael previously was in headlines when he was sentenced to six months in jail for misdemeanor sexual assault and battery charges.

During head coach Mike McCarthy's afternoon press conference, he said that the Packers were holding out hope for Michael's safety. Philbin was in Oshkosh, and the team closed their locker room to press out of respect for the coach. The Packers were reportedly informed of the death late Monday afternoon.

The Packers were off for the weekend, having earned a bye, and learned on Sunday that their next opponent would be the Giants. Joe Philbin, the architect of Green Bay's top-rated offense, recently interviewed with the Miami Dolphins for the open head-coaching vacancy.

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