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story.lead_photo.caption Brennen "Bryn" Willis

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.

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


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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  • MaxCady
    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.

  • Foghorn
    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.

  • obbie
    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.

  • MaxCady
    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.

  • dearlo
    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.

  • idratherbesailing
    July 17, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.

    Death by misadventure. Classic song by Richard Thompson. Still - if it was my kid I would want to know what happened and if foul play was involved I'd want accountability.