Man missing after Nats game found dead in Anacostia River

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The mystery remains surrounding the death of an Alexandria man who went missing after a Washington Nationals game and turned up dead in the Anacostia River this weekend.

Last Monday, 25-year-old Tyler Reed was doing one of his favorite things: He went to the ball park to watch the Nats play.

But fans only got to see a little of the game before a lengthy rain delay.
So Tyler and his friends headed to Justin's Café in Southeast, a few blocks away to wait it out. But they never got back to the game.

According to friends, the group went their separate ways at the end of the night. Reed was headed to the Metro and he would go missing for 5 days.

Police recovered Reed's body Saturday afternoon in the Anacostia River less than a mile from the ballpark. They say there are no signs of foul play. Friends say he had been drinking that night at the bar, but are still left wondering what could've happened.

"We lost a great person. He is one of a kind. He had such a big heart and enjoyed life," Sara O'Connor said. "He's a happy guy and when you meet someone like that it's hard to come by."

O'Connor worked with Tyler at Evening Star, a restaurant in Del Ray.

"The greatest thing was, everyone on Yelp would mention him by name, what a great server he was and how they liked the service," O'Connor said.

"All of us at the Star were deeply saddened to learn about Tyler's passing yesterday and to tragically lose a member of our restaurant's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reed family and Tyler's friends," according to a statement on the restaurant's Facebook page.

While police say there are no signs of foul play they are waiting for the medical examiner to complete an autopsy.


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