The body of a man pulled from the Anacostia River on Saturday has been identified as a 25-year-old from Alexandria who disappeared during a rain delay at a May 5 Nationals game, D.C. police said Monday.
Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, identified the man as Tyler William Reed. He said the cause of death is pending an autopsy. Reed’s family and friends had sought help in their search with a campaign on Facebook.
According to Fairfax County police, which took the missing persons report, Reed had left Nationals Park during a 3 1/2-hour rain delay during a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Police said he had gone to Justin’s Cafe, near the Navy Yard Metro station and two blocks north of the stadium, located along the Anacostia River.
Reed was a server at Alexandria’s Evening Star Café and had recently returned to George Mason to finish his degree, said his mother Cheri Reed. In his spare time, Reed was a prolific songwriter and musician, who was trained in classical piano, and a Nationals fan. He was the eldest of three children in the Reed family.
“I heard from a lot of people ‘I didn’t deserve a friend like him,’” Cheri said.