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Search for possible J.B. Bridge jumper

By on December 1, 2017 at 6:25 am

The Columbia Fire Department responded about 6 a.m. Friday to assist Mehlville Fire Department and St. Louis County Police Department personnel in the search for a possible jumper off the Jefferson Barracks Bridge on I-255. Columbia firefighters dispatched a rescue boat to the Mississippi River from Luhr’s Landing as part of the search. A drone was also used in the efforts. The CFD discontinued its search shortly before 7 a.m., with no trace of a possible jumper detected.

The CFD assisted St. Louis County agencies in resuming the search Tuesday afternoon, concentrating efforts in the area of the quarry just south of the bridge on the Missouri side. This search was also unsuccessful.

A 20-year-old St. Louis County man has been reported missing since early Friday morning and police have reason to believe he may have jumped from the bridge per social media postings.

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.