Brother of NFL star Ed Reed missing after jumping into river to elude police, says mother

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by Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 7 at 7:01 PM

ST. CHARLES, La. – St. Charles Parish deputies are searching for the brother of NFL safety Ed Reed, who according to his family jumped into the Mississippi River while trying to elude police.

It’s a sad situation Friday night, as family members gather on the levee, waiting for the man to resurface.

Deputies said they they watched the man go under the water and disappear in the cold Mississippi.

St. Charles Parish deputies and East Jefferson Levee Board police spent the day waiting and watching on the banks of the Mississippi River.

They say a St. Rose man, identified by family members as 29-year old Brian Reed, jumped in the Mississippi River near the Kenner – St. Charles parish line.

“The suspect jumped into the river, went about 15 feet according to the deputy,” said Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange, a spokesman for the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. “At some particular point they said he did witness hands and head come up and go under the water and never resurface again.”

Deputies say Reed stopped his car on the side of River Road. His car matched the description of a vehicle they say almost ran another driver off the road.

Deputies later determined Reed may have been driving a stolen car.

LaGrange said just as officers were cuffing Reed, he took off running.

“A chase was involved. The subject actually ran across the levee and the levee batcher with the deputy in chase,” LaGrange said.

Family members and friends also gathered on the levee, hoping Reed will somehow resurface alive.

“He was a good person,” said Karen Reed, Brian and Ed’s mother. “He kind of had a little run in with drugs and stuff. He had kind of got off it. Other than that he was alright.”

Karen said her son was driving a family member’s car.

“I’m hoping he’s not in the water. If he is it’s going to be up,” she said.

LaGrange said the temperature of the water was around 40 degrees.

“That’s not a good situation for anytime,” he said.

Karen Reed confirmed the missing man is the brother of Ed Reed, a standout defensive back at Destrehan High now playing for the Baltimore Ravens.

 

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