For six weeks, the family of Colby McFayden clung to the hope that he was safe somewhere.
Yesterday, those hopes were --ed. Baltimore police recovered McFayden's body from a piling in the city's harbor near Canton.
"It's been real rough, just wondering what happened," said Brandon McFayden, Colby's brother and an Anne Arundel County police officer. "At least now we know."
Police believe Colby McFayden, 28, an epileptic, suffered a seizure and fell into the water during his job as a night watchman at the Lighthouse Point Marina early March 15.
There were no signs of foul play, police said. The state medical examiner is conducting an autopsy.
McFayden's body was discovered about 10 a.m. yesterday by a construction worker in the 1500 block of S. Clinton St., city police said.
McFayden was last seen alive by a city police officer on patrol about 3 a.m. March 15. He was to have ended his shift at the marina at 6 that morning. Employees arriving at 8 a.m. found some of his belongings, but he was missing.
His parents, Janice and Dennis McFayden, reported him missing after he failed to show up at his apartment in the 300 block of Wilson Blvd. in Glen Burnie, about a mile from their home. Still in uniform, with badge and identification, the body was found in view of the marina.
The eldest of three children, McFayden was deeply religious, his brother said. McFayden also spent a lot of time flying with his father. "Our father has his pilot's license,and he [Colby] loved to go flying with him," he said. "They would just go off together."
Brandon McFayden had been honored this week as The Evening Sun's Officer of the Year for community service in the Brooklyn Park area. Yesterday, he said he is dedicating the award to his brother. "I'd just like to do that for him," he said.