Missing student’s body found in Sacramento River


Anthony Mahr was found dead nine days after being reported missing. Image provided by Chico State University Communications.

The body of missing Chico State student Anthony Mahr was found Thursday afternoon, nine days after he was reported missing.

On Aug. 20, an individual living by the Sacramento River reported someone in his home. Butte County deputies responded, leading to the arrest of Brentston Rhodes. Rhodes was arrested with charges of residential burglary, according to the initial press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

After the arrest, Rhodes reported two of his friends missing after a tubing incident earlier that day. The three were tubing down the Sacramento River when they hit a snag, and all went under.

Deputies were able to locate Lavina Corsbie, who was one of the persons reported missing. Corsbie informed the deputies that she was able to swim to safety after falling in.

Anthony Mahr, 22, was not found, starting a search for him.

The search extended to all Chico State students, who received an email from Student Affairs regarding Mahr. Students were encouraged to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office with any information they may have about Mahr and his location.

The search ended Thursday after a body found in the Sacramento River was positively identified as Mahr. The body was discovered and reported Thursday morning by a fisherman near Scotty’s Boat Landing.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating Mahr’s death and the cause of death will be released after the pending autopsy, according to a press release issued Thursday by the sheriff’s office.

This story is still developing.

Jessie Imhoff can be reached at [email protected].