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Crews searching Mon after reports of person jumping from Rankin Bridge

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Rescue crews searched the Monongahela River into the evening Tuesday for someone who reportedly jumped off the Rankin Bridge.

Emergency responders from several municipalities converged on the bridge in response to 911 calls about a man who jumped from the bridge shortly before 1 p.m.

The middle of the bridge on the Rankin side was reduced to one lane in both directions as they searched the area.

Rankin Police Chief Ryan Wooten said Allegheny County Homicide took over the investigation.

Homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman reported multiple witnesses saw a black male jump from the railing of the bridge.

“There was a car found parked in a lane of travel on the bridge, presumably owned by the jumper,” said Schurman. “The body of the person who jumped was not immediately located. The identity of the person that jumped has not been confirmed and will not be confirmed until the body is discovered. No foul play is suspected at this time.”

Pittsburgh police river rescue assisted in the search. Other responding departments included Baldwin EMS and police from Whitaker, North Braddock and Rankin.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 833-255-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

Emergency personnel shut down the Rankin Bridge after a man was reported to have jumped into the Monongahela River, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Emergency personnel shut down the Rankin Bridge after a man was reported to have jumped into the Monongahela River, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Emergency personnel scanned the Monongahela River after a man was reported to have jumped from the Rankin Bridge, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Emergency personnel scanned the Monongahela River after a man was reported to have jumped from the Rankin Bridge, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Emergency personnel scan the Monongahela River after a man was reported to have jumped from the Rankin Bridge, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Emergency personnel scan the Monongahela River after a man was reported to have jumped from the Rankin Bridge, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Emergency personnel scanned the Monongahela River after a man was reported to have jumped from the Rankin Bridge, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Emergency personnel scanned the Monongahela River after a man was reported to have jumped from the Rankin Bridge, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Police cars line the Rankin Bridge as crews search the Monongahela River for a person who reportedly jumped off the bridge on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
Police cars line the Rankin Bridge as crews search the Monongahela River for a person who reportedly jumped off the bridge on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.
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