ST. ROSE, La. (WJZ) — It’s an off-the-field tragedy for Ravens star Ed Reed. His brother is missing.
Adam May reports that police have called off their search, as Reed prepares for Sunday’s playoff game.
Law enforcement officials in Louisiana search the banks of the Mississippi River for Brian Reed, 29, who jumped in the water during a police chase.
“I’m hoping he’s not in the water,” said his mother Karen Reed.
She notified her other son– Ravens safety Ed Reed–of the tragedy.
Reed will play against Kansas City on Sunday as authorities investigate the incident.
“The suspect jumped into the river, went about 15 feet, according to the deputy. At some particular point, they said he did witness hands and head come up and go under the water and never resurface again,” said Sgt. Dwayne Lagrange.
Police say Brian Reed may have been driving a stolen car and tried running another car off the road. After he was pulled over, he took off on foot.
Investigators have found his shoes and some clothes, but they’re not optimistic they’ll find him alive.
“Knowing the degree of the water, I’m told it’s 40 some degrees right now with the current,” Lagrange said. “That’s not a good situation for anytime.”
Brian Reed’s family says he had a history of problems.
“He was a good person,” said Karen Reed. “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.”
Ed Reed told ESPN that his brother loved football, and he would want him to play on Sunday.