Monday Jul 06 2009
Man jumps from Foresthill Bridge
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Authorities say 29-year-old not a BASE jumper
The body of a 29-year-old male was recovered at the bottom of the Foresthill Bridge Sunday. Several witnesses reportedly watched the man jump from the bridge at about 1:40 p.m. in what officials ruled a suicide, according to Scott Liske, state park ranger with the Auburn State Recreation Area. The man’s identity had not been released as of Monday morning pending notification of next of kin. Liske said state parks rangers along with Sheriff’s Office deputies searched for the body in an area of brush and vegetation on the south side of the bridge for a few hours. Eventually, a mountain rescue team from the Placer County Search and Rescue division was called in and located the fallen man at about 7 p.m. “This area was very steep,” Liske said. “Through their expertise, equipment and skills (the rescue team) scaled down the side and were able to locate the body.” A California Highway Patrol helicopter then airlifted the body out of the canyon area. Liske said witnesses had reported that they thought the man was a BASE jumper and asserted that they saw a parachute. However, Liske said no parachute was found nor was there any jumping gear recovered when they found the man’s body. Authorities believe that the man drove himself to the bridge in a car registered under his name. They are not sure how much time elapsed between when he arrived and when at least four people saw him jump, Liske said. Liske said state parks officials estimate this is the 54th death from jumping off the 730-foot-tall bridge located above the North Fork of the American River. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment.