Crews search for, seek identity of man who jumped from Maine-NH bridge

By John Huff and Samantha Allen, Foster's Daily Democrat
Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 7:16 a.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Police were unable to find or identify Wednesday a man who jumped off the bridge connecting Maine and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire State Police went to the I-95 bridge at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday after witnesses reported a man appeared to be considering jumping into the river.

As authorities arrived, officials say, the man leaped from the bridge into the water.

As of 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, police said they were unable to find the man, though a search was launched for hours using boats and helicopters. The man’s identity is unknown.

According to a press release from New Hampshire State Police Troop A, an emergency call received at 5:01 p.m. reported a man on a bike was looking down over the side of the bridge. Officials report it is unknown why the man jumped.

According to an emergency broadcast out of Portsmouth around that time, one witness said the man who jumped was speaking with a Maine state trooper. Broadcasts also indicated two witnesses at the Irving gas station nearby claimed to have seen the man hit the water, but did not see him resurface.

Traffic was tied up for a majority of the early evening because of emergency personnel’s presence.

Maine state and Portsmouth police deferred all comment to New Hampshire state officials. State police did not immediately return calls for comment.

State police were assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard, the N.H. Marine Patrol, Maine State Police and the Portsmouth Police Department.

© 2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat

Distributed by MCT Information Services

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/02/news/portland/crews-search-for-seek-identity-of-man-who-jumped-from-maine-nh-bridge/ printed on July 10, 2014