Missing painter's family tells Action News the body pulled from the Detroit River is their loved one

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - The family of Kent Morton tells 7 Action News Reporter Michael Rosenfield that the body found in the Detroit River Friday is that of their loved one.

Morton had been missing since falling from the Ambassador Bridge in January.

The body was spotted near Zug Island.

Shane Morton, Kent's brother, raced to Riverside Park as word spread that a body had been spotted in the water.

He then went to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office where he was allowed to see the body.

"I just went in there and I saw him," Shane told 7 Action News. "I could tell by his facial features, his nose, that it was him."

Clothes on Kent's body also helped with the identification.

"I got to talk to him in there," Shane said. "I said hello to him for everybody."

Kent Morton vanished below the water after falling from the Ambassador Bridge. He had been been painting the bridge with co-workers when the accident happened.

Shane tells 7 Action News his brother was not wearing a harness at the time. This is the first time this has been confirmed.

Shane Morton says he is relieved his brother has been found, and the family can move on while always remembering the man they loved so much.

"I do feel a huge sense of relief right now," Shane said.

His 28-year-old brother left behind a large family, including a daughter and another child on the way.

The Morton family is expressing their gratitude to the people who spotted the body today, as well as to the Coast Guard and Detroit Police.

The Mortons are also thankful to the staff at the Medical Examiner's office for allowing them to see the body so quickly.

Meantime, MIOSHA is still investigating the accident.

As 7 Action News has previously reported, the company Morton worked for had been cited in the past.

The company, Seaway Painting L.L.C., is based in Livonia.

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