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Search Underway for Woman who Jumped From Portland Bridge

The search was suspended at 4:20 AM.

Portland's Burnside Bridge
Portland's Burnside Bridge

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - The Coast Guard, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol and the Portland Fire Department searched for a woman who jumped from the Burnside Bridge near downtown Portland Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Portland received a report from local 911 that the woman was seen jumping from the bridge at approximately 2:20 AM.

A 25-foot smallboat crew from Station Portland and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Oregon, joined with crews from the river patrol and fire department to search the area for two hours with no sign of the woman.

"The Coast Guard and other local crews who worked on this case searched both sides of the Willamette River extensively in hopes of finding this woman," said Lt. j.g. Ryan Harry, public affairs officer for Sector Portland.

The search was suspended at 4:20 AM.

If you know anything about the identity of this woman, please contact the Coast Guard or just dial 911.

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Melissa G December 29, 2008 12:27 pm (Pacific time)

Any news on this? Has she been found yet?

claribel December 8, 2008 8:26 pm (Pacific time)

what is the latest news on her search? how long will it take her body to be found?

Editor: Claribel, it usually takes a human body three to days before it rises to the surface, depending on conditions.  There are many variables but the remains of most people who are lost in rivers are eventually found most of the time.  There has been no additional information from the Coast Guard or any other agencies about a continued search.

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