The son of Green Bay Packers coach Joe Philbin has been found dead in an icy Wisconsin river, according to sources.
Michael Philbin, the 21-year-old son of the Packers offensive coordinator, was reported missing Sunday by his family. League sources told ESPN that a body recovered from an Oshkosh, Wisc., river on Monday was identified as the missing son.
The police said they will publicly identify the body at a press conference today. They withheld the name of the individual Monday at the request of the family, but confirmed that the body was that of a man, aged 20 to 25 years old.
The body was discovered after an employee at a nearby business reported hearing cries for help from someone on the icy Fox River around 2:30 a.m Sunday. Police, fire and dive team patrols searched the area, but did not find anyone on Sunday.
A fresh search was conducted on Monday and the body was found around 3:15 p.m., according to Police Officer Joseph Nichols.
Nichols said temperatures had been unseasonably warm in the Oshkosh area -- 50 miles from Green Bay -- and that there was only a little bit of ice around the edge of the river.
Packers coach Joe Philbin spent Monday in Oshkosh, where his son had been reported missing after an outing with friends at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, according to ESPN. Michael Philbin is the second-oldest of six children.
"The Philbin family's obviously going through a tough time right now, and as we always have, we're a family-first philosophy with our organization, with our program," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said early on Monday. "So we're supporting Joe and his family the best we can, and we're holding out hope that this comes to a positive conclusion."
McCarthy noted that he had plans in place to prepare for Sunday's NFL playoffs NFC Divisional round against the New York Giants if Philbin remained away from the team, ESPN reported. The Packers are seeded first in their division.
"We're prepared to do whatever we need to do as a staff to make sure our team's ready to go," McCarthy said. "We'll be ready to go."
Packers players offered supportive messages on Twitter throughout the day.
"As children we all have to someday say goodbye to our parents, but a parent should never have to say goodbye to their child," said offensive lineman T.J. Lang.
Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji wrote that "life is too short."
"Live in the present," he tweeted.