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Bellingham man dies after jumping off Sitka bridge


August 24 2015
Monday PM

(SitNews) - The body of a Bellingham, Washington man who is said to have jumped off the John O'Connell Bridge in Sitka has been located. Investigation revealed Tyler Jones, 29, jumped off the bridge with the intention of swimming to shore.

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John O'Connell Bridge in Sitka
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Jones was not seen after he jumped in the water at approximately 11:00 PM on 08/21/2015. At approximately 11:00 AM on 08/22/2015, the United States Coast Guard located Jones' body and he was declared deceased. Next of kin were notified.

Alaska State Troopers were advised hours later, on 08/22/2015 at approximately 8:59 AM, that the Sitka Fire Department and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) were searching for Jones.

According to a news release, the Sitka Police Department is continuing the investigation into Jones' death.



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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