JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WLBT) - An autopsy has confirmed what the family of an NFL player feared the most. A body pulled from the Mississippi River is that of the brother of Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed.
The autopsy Thursday by the Jefferson Parish Coroner's office confirmed his identity and found the preliminary cause of death to be accidental drowning.
Brian Reed jumped into the river while trying to avoid officers last week.
Ed Reed says his brother was suffering from mental issues when he ran away from a deputy who tried to question him about driving another brother's car without authorization.
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