Man found dead in Bear Creek identified

A man found dead in Bear Creek near the Jackson County Expo last week has been identified.

Medford resident John Alfred Mapstone, 38, died of accidental drowning, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office reported. The county medical examiner conducted an autopsy on the body today.

Mapstone had been reported missing to Medford police on March 11, which is about the time the medical examiner estimates he died. Crews found Mapstone's body just before 2 p.m. Thursday while clearing brush in the area. County search and rescue crews recovered the body from the creek.

A call to the sheriff's office for more information has not yet been returned.

Court records show Mapstone pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants in October 2016. This stemmed from a July 2016 incident in which he was charged with striking a vehicle being test driven as it drove on East Vilas Road, then fleeing, according to a probable cause affidavit. He was later arrested on Highway 140.

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