Ed Reed believes body found in Mississippi River is that of his brother
The body of a man believed to be the brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was recovered from the Mississippi River near New Orleans on Tuesday evening.
Brian Reed, 29, was last seen jumping into the river as he fled a deputy sheriff Jan. 7 and, after initial searches were unsuccessful, the Reed family hired a private company to search the river. An autopsy will be performed today to confirm the identity of the body, which was recovered from a spot about 500 feet from where Brian Reed went into the river.
"It's premature to say it's Brian Reed until they perform the autopsy," Wayne McInnis, spokesman for the Kenner, La., police, said. "The family pretty much had accepted the fact and assumed the worst. They realize it's a chance for closure and that's what they're looking for."
Ed Reed believes it is his brother.
"I just saw the sun come through the skies as he was being found and I thank God that he was found," Reed told WDSU. "My gut feeling is saying yes [that the body is his brother's] because that was the spot."
Reed's brother had battled drug and alcohol problems, according to his mother, and was suspected of being involved with a car theft when he leaped into the river. "That's the unanswered questions that we have to go through," Reed said. "That's something that we have to live with, not knowing what happened that day."
"It's been tough, but God is good and to have found our brother today brings closure in knowing he's in a better place," Reed said. "...Good will come up out of it. Hopefully another kid won't go down the same road."
| January 26, 2011; 9:42 AM ET
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