Body of missing Dearborn man found in Detroit River

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The body of a Dearborn man missing since January was found in the Detroit River March 12.

Sajjad Almayali, 24, went missing Jan. 5 when he was last known to be on Belle Isle by his younger brother. He left his cell phone at home and was last seen at 11 a.m.

The following day, the brother found Almayali’s vehicle parked on Belle Isle with his car keys, wallet, jewelry inside and the doors locked.

Family members said Almayali enjoyed Belle Isle, where he would take frequent trips to walk and exercise.

Friends and family searched the area numerous times, coming up empty-handed with each search.

Michigan State Police worked with the Michigan Conservation officers to look for Almayali with no luck. A dive team also was sent into the water to search near where the vehicle was parked.

The cause of death is unknown.

State Police and the Medical Examiners Office did not return calls on Almayali’s death, but his brother posted a message on Facebook confirming the news.

“As you all know Sajjad is my older brother,” his brother Dhiya Almayali wrote. “He was the best brother, son and person one could hope to have. He had all of the traits of a good person. He was spiritual, smart, kind, confident, and most importantly funny. He had a sense of humor that would light up a room. His kindness and generosity knew no limits.”

“Inshallah he is welcomed into the gates of heaven with open arms. I aspire to be like him. He was my protector and guider in this life, the lessons I have learned from him will be carried on with me for as long as I live. The one thing promised to us in this life is death and I hope this calamity serves as a reminder to all of us that our day may come at any moment, without warning.”

Sajjad Almayali’s body was buried March 14 at the Islamic Memorial Gardens, 28830 Ann Arbor Trail in Westland.

“My family and I thank everyone for their support. Rest in paradise my beloved brother, I will see you again. Al-Fatiha,” Dhiya Almayali wrote on his Facebook page.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at