Man seen plunging into bay

March 18, 1995

Authorities unsuccessfully searched in Chesapeake Bay yesterday for a Columbia man believed to have been the second person in eight days to jump from the Bay Bridge.

A man and two women told police they saw a man park a green 1995 Oldsmobile on the eastbound side of the main span around 2 p.m. and jump moments later. The car phone was off the hook, said Lori A. Vidil, spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority. The car, owned by a rental firm, was leased by a 39-year-old Columbia resident, who did not show up for dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, she said. Authorities said the name would not be released until the body is found.

The man would be the second person to have leaped from the 4.3-mile Bay Bridge in a little more than a week, and perhaps the third to jump from a Maryland bridge in as many days.

Police received a report Monday night that someone jumped from the Key Bridge, but did not find an abandoned vehicle on the span or a body in the water below.

The Key and Bay bridges are 186 feet above the water.

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