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Search for missing man called off

After a night of searching for a 21-year-old man who slipped and fell into fast-moving Upper Rogue River rapids Thursday, search and rescue teams from three counties called off the hunt this afternoon.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said Pablo Murillo was visiting from Mexico and had been touring the area with relatives. They were on the way back from Crater Lake when they stopped near the Rogue River Gorge to take a quick look around. At around 5:30 p.m., Murillo slipped, fell in and got pulled downstream away by the current. The water plunges over two rapid 20-foot drops about 100 meters away from the fall site before shooting in to a narrow section bordered on both sides by high rock walls.

Officials said the water is moving anywhere from 20 to 25 mph.

"It wouldn't surprise me if it was between 35 and 40 degrees," Jackson County Search and Rescue operations manager Graham Wilson said, adding such a temperature can cause a person's body to go numb in as little as 3 minutes.

Officials believe Murillo is dead.

— Ryan Pfeil