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Man jumps off Deception Pass Bridge

A 28-year-old Bellingham man committed suicide Thursday morning by leaping from Deception Pass Bridge, according to Island County Coroner Robert Bishop.

Bishop said a man driving over Deception Pass saw a pedestrian walking along the bridge.

After passing the pedestrian, the driver said he looked in his rearview mirror and noticed the man had disappeared.

The driver got out of his car and looked over the side of the bridge. He spotted the man in the swirling waters below.

The bridge is approximately 180 feet above the water.

A witness called 9-1-1 at 10:11 a.m.

Bishop said the Deception Pass State Park staff and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responders had boats in the water almost immediately and quickly recovered the body.

Bishop said investigators found a car parked at the bridge they suspect was left by the jumper, but no note or message was found inside of it.

Bishop said the man lived in Bellingham for years.

It’s unknown if the jumper had any connection to Whidbey or the Fidalgo area, Bishop said.

 

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