Fenton teen's body found in St. Clair River - WNEM TV 5

Fenton teen's body found in St. Clair River

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FENTON, MI (WNEM) -

A three day search has ended in tragedy for a local family holding out hope their child, who disappeared Sunday afternoon, would be found safe.

On Wednesday afternoon, police confirm the body of 19-year-old Brady Morton was pulled from the St. Clair River.

Wednesday night, family and friends of Morton gathered to mourn the loss of their loved one.

"Life will go on because of all the memories that Brady gave all of us," said Sean Affrica, a family friend.

The St. Clair County Sheriff's dive team recovered Morton's body from the St. Clair River.  The Coast Guard also assisted in the three day search. Morton disappeared during the Port Huron "Float Down" on Sunday afternoon.

An underwater camera located Morton near Marysville, nearly 50 yards off the shore in 26 feet of water.

"We all met, and went down there, 50 people, 12 boats, and we produced the results that we wanted," said Larry Morton, Brady Morton's father.

On Wednesday morning, friends, community members and strangers assisted in the search.  They looked in the area several people on social media told the family they last saw him.

"With today, I'm just so glad that his closest friends and family were the ones who found him today. Truly blessed," said Chase Roney, Brady Morton's best friend.

"We've got him, we're going to bring him home, we just got to thank all these people here for supporting us, and we'll go on from here, but the closure has started," said Larry Morton.

The Morton's invited TV5 to the vigil on Wednesday night to thank all of the individuals who reached out to the family during the search for their son. They also wanted to express thanks to the Coast Guard and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office for their efforts in the exhaustive search.

No funeral plans have been set for Brady Morton as of Wednesday evening.  An autopsy is planned later in the week.

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