EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — After speaking with the family of Brendan Santo, Michigan State University Police have released more information on how Brendan’s body was found.
The body was found in the logjam area at the Red Cedar River. The spot was of interest to police, and a search was scheduled for the week of Jan. 24.
Around midnight, a private investigator named Ryan Robison alerted police after reviewing underwater video, saying that he saw what he believed to be Santo’s body completely underwater at the logjam.
According to MSU Police, the private investigator was hired by Brendan Santo’s family.
Robison shared his findings with the Santo family, then alerting 911 centers in Ingham and Oakland Counties.
Within an hour, officials with MSU Police and Public Safety had closed off the area, and dive teams were in the water at first light to start recovering the body.
It was never our intent not to give proper credit to all those involved; this was about providing closure to the Santo family, Brendan’s loved ones and friends, and our community. Each of our partner agencies, including Ryan, offered important information and resources that led to yesterday’s discovery. Again, we thank them all.“Chris Rozman, Public Information Officer for Michigan State University Police