UPDATE: Man Jumps from the Ross Island Bridge - Body Not Recovered

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May 15, 2014 15:30

  

Late this morning, divers from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office located the body of 22-year-old Tyler Fisher, the young man who jumped from the Ross Island Bridge. Fisher's body was submerged in the Willamette River, near the Ross Island Bridge.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determined the exact cause of death.

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This morning, Thursday May 15, 2014, at 3:09 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the East end of the Ross Island Bridge on a welfare check that two men were on the bridge and one of them was shirtless and leaning over the railing.

Officers arrived and located one young male adult who told police that his friend wanted to swim across the river so he took off his shoes and shirt and jumped from the bridge into the river below.

Officers immediately called for Portland Fire & Rescue, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard to dispatch boats to begin searching the river for the young man.

At this point, he has not been located. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is remaining on the water and continuing to search.

Once his family has been notified, the young man's name will be released to the public.

Based on the investigation, this does not appear to be a criminal incident or a suicide attempt. Alcohol may have been a factor in the decision to jump.

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