Some closure for Ed Reed

Ed Reed and his family might finally have the closure they’ve been searching for.

Two and a half weeks after Reed’s younger brother Brian jumped into the Mississippi River to elude the police, authorities believe that they’ve retrieved Brian’s body.

Identification of the body will be determined by an autopsy.

Brian Reed, 28, went missing back on Jan. 7 after authorities saw him driving what was believed to be a stolen car. Reed took off running and jumped into the Mississippi River. Police saw his head pop above water level for a second, and then he went under.

The search for Brian Reed called off on Jan. 9, but a volunteer organization that helps families find missing relatives had been looking for Reed for the last week. They found what they believe to be Reed’s body a quarter of a mile from where he entered the water.

Ed Reed played in the Ravens’ first-round playoff game against the Chiefs just two days later. After the win, an emotional Reed was presented a game ball by the team.

After the Ravens’ loss to the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs a week later, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti urged Reed to go back to Louisiana to be with his family. The Ravens safety was there when his brother was found yesterday.

“It’s been tough, but God is good,” Ed Reed told WDSU-TV in New Orleans. “To have found our brother today brings closure and knowing that he’s in a better place.”

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