Police announced the recovery of a body on Friday afternoon, but they are still awaiting tests to make the final confirmation on the identity of the remains.
The body was found about one and a half miles from where Santo was last seen on Halloween weekend. It was in a part of the river where US-127 passes over it.
That part of the river is thick with branches and debris. Law enforcement was in that area of the river but had to plan out a carefully orchestrated search -- saying it was dangerous for searchers.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard released the following statement regarding the recovery of the body:
“Our search and rescue team joined with other agencies in a coordinated effort to help bring closure to a grieving family.
Our team which totaled 10 deputies, spent 11 days and more than 800 hours -- with some team members working 14 hours a day -- in the effort to find this young man. Our deepest sympathies are with the family and his friends. We know that there is a void they will never fill from this tragedy but sincerely hope this brings them a sliver of peace.”