Police Search Bay For Jumper

April 07, 1992|By Joel McCord | Joel McCord,Staff writer

Natural Resources police dragged the waters around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge yesterday, searching for the body of a Glen Burnie man who is believed to have jumped from the eastbound span shortly after midnight.

Rob Gould, spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources, identified the man as Robert P. Murphy, 27. He said the man left a suicide note in the cab of a pick-up truck that Toll Facilities police found parked near the middle of the bridge about 12:15 a.m.

Tom Freeburger, Toll Facilities spokesman, confirmed that police had found a note inside the 1980 Chevrolet truck, but would not divulge its contents while the investigation was ongoing.

He said the truck is registered to a Severn woman whom police interviewed yesterday. He would not identify her, however.

According to Freeburger, police have no witnesses who saw anyone leave the truck or climb over the side of the bridge railing. Police patrol the bridge regularly, headded, so the truck probably could not have been there more than five or 10 minutes before it was spotted.

Natural Resources police began their search at first light, taking into account the tides and currents, Gould said. And they will continue "until we're told differently," he added.

This is the first time in 16 months that authorities believe someone has jumped from the Bay Bridge.

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