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Little Rock police: Body found in Arkansas River identified as missing man

By Rachel Herzog

This article was originally published May 21, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. Updated May 21, 2018 at 3:31 p.m.

Brennen "Bryn" Willis

A body was recovered from the Arkansas River in Little Rock on Monday, May 21, 2018.


3:20 P.M. UPDATE:

The man found in the Arkansas River behind the Marriott hotel in downtown Little Rock on Monday afternoon has been identified as Brennen Willis, a 28-year-old who was visiting town for a wedding.

Little Rock police spokesman Steve Moore said authorities received a call about 1:15 p.m. from someone who had seen a body floating in the river from one of the hotel’s windows.

Police identified Willis from an ID card on his person, Moore said. He was still wearing the green shorts he was last seen in, according to the spokesman.

Moore said Willis’ family and friends had been searching the area all morning, some walking along the riverbank and some in boats.

The 28-year-old from O’Fallon, Ill., was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a flyer posted by the Little Rock Police Department.

Willis was visiting Arkansas' capital city for a wedding, family members said.

According to a Facebook page set up after his disappearance, Willis left Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Little Rock for a jog. He reportedly posted a Snapchat story around 11:30 p.m. near Robinson Center.

“Bryn is a son, a brother, an uncle and a beloved friend,” one post reads. “Please help us bring him home.”

That page, Missing - Bring Bryn Willis Home, had more than 4,700 followers as of Monday morning.

It was not clear how long Willis had been in the river.

EARLIER:

Authorities were working to recover a body from the Arkansas River in Little Rock on Monday afternoon.

According to a tweet from the city's Police Department, officers and the Little Rock Fire Department were on the scene behind the Old State House around 2:30 p.m. The body was said to be of a white male.

The Old State House is near the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Little Rock, where Brennen “Bryn” Willis, 28, of O’Fallon, Ill., was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities had not identified the body as of Monday afternoon.

Arkansas Online reporter Brandon Riddle contributed to this report.

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TravisBickle says... May 21, 2018 at 3:36 p.m.

It's a shame nobody informed him how dangerous Little Rock is at all times, but especially late at night. Condolences to the family.

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DoubleBlind says... May 21, 2018 at 4:49 p.m.

If he was murdered, this is a whole new level of violence and will have a profoundly negative effect on tourism downtown. Regardless of the effect on LR, however, it is a tragedy for this young man and his family and friends.

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obbie says... May 21, 2018 at 5:50 p.m.

Two'll get you one he was killed over drugs, or over someone wanting money to buy drugs. Shame for his family and for Little Rock.

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TravisBickle says... May 21, 2018 at 7:27 p.m.

If he went for a jog about the only thing he could have been robbed of was his phone. If that turns out to be the case it doesn't bode well for the already sullied reputation of Little Rock.

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dearlo says... May 21, 2018 at 8:03 p.m.

So sad for him and his family. What a waste of life when he came to celebrate a new beginning.

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