Body found in sewage system is missing man, 24

Noah Michael DeWitt missing since February

Noah DeWitt in an undated photo posted to his Facebook page, May 31, 2015
Noah DeWitt in an undated photo posted to his Facebook page, May 31, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The body of a man found at the bottom of a concrete underground well at a pump station that collects waste was identified as a 24-year-old missing since February.

Noah Michael DeWitt walked away from a friend’s home around 2 a.m. on February 15, Eugene police said. His friend called and reported him missing and said DeWitt was in distress.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, the DeWitt family said:

“To the many people who have known and loved our son, brother, and friend Noah DeWitt, it is with deep sadness that we share the news that his body was found in Eugene late last week.

“Though this is a tragic resolution to his disappearance, the support of his friends and community these past few painful months has been truly beautiful.

“Noah was a remarkable young man gifted with a deeply caring soul, a curious mind, and an amazing capacity to find joy in life and share it with others. His passing is a painful and profound loss. All we can offer is that you join us in honoring the gift of having had Noah in our lives by carrying his bright spirit forward.

“We are still finalizing details about a memorial service, which will follow soon.”

A crew doing twice-a-year maintenance found the body Wednesday.

The pump station is one of 47 in a regional system. They lift sewage out of low areas so it can keep flowing by gravity.

Utility officials say sewage enters the pump station in a pipe 54 inches in diameter. The concrete well is about 10 feet wide by 30 feet long and 26 feet deep.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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