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Woman's body recovered from waters of Deception Pass

Deception Pass Park staff and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters await the county coroner to claim the body of a woman who jumped from the Deception Pass Bridge Tuesday afternoon.  - Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times
Deception Pass Park staff and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters await the county coroner to claim the body of a woman who jumped from the Deception Pass Bridge Tuesday afternoon.
— image credit: Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

Deception Pass State Park rangers recovered the body of a woman who jumped from the bridge Tuesday afternoon.

Ranger Jack Hartt described her as a "middle-aged" woman from Everett. He did not provide the identity of the woman but said it appears she left a note in her car parked near the bridge.

He said the woman jumped from the mid-span of the Deception Pass bridge at approximately 1:20 p.m. No one saw her jump from the bridge deck but several witnesses heard the woman strike the water.

Park rangers and responders from Vessel Assist based in Cornet Bay searched the frigid waters around Deception Pass. Rangers found the body at approximately 1:45 p.m., about a quarter mile off shore between Hoypus Point and Fidalgo Island.

Emergency responders transported the body to the Cornet Bay marina, where they were met by the Island County Coroner. Hartt said the woman's next of kin have not yet been notified.

This was the first suicide at Deception Pass bridge this year, following four that occurred in 2009.

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