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Police find man thought to have jumped off Sewickley Bridge

Kristina Serafini | Sewickley Herald
Sewickey and Moon police officers look over the railing of the Sewickley Bridge following a report of a jumper Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

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Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 1:18 p.m.

A man who Moon Township police thought jumped off the Sewickley Bridge into the Ohio River at about 11 a.m. Thursday was found in an apartment several hours later.

Police called off the search at about 2:30 p.m. after locating the man in the township, police Chief Leo McCarthy said. The man was taken into custody and transported to Heritage Valley Sewickley hospital.

Police received a call that a man was standing on the rail of the bridge and appeared to be prepared to jump, McCarthy said. A second caller told police a note was attached to the bridge.

Moon and Sewickley police searched from the bridge deck and from the western shore of the Ohio River following a 911 call.

A fisherman aided in the search until Crescent Township Volunteer Fire Department River Rescue and Coast Guard could get into the water.

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