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2020 jump events

updated: 03.14.20
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03.14.20: possible jumper, 6:42pm
unknown
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03.14.20, Kelly O., St. Pete, FL., Possible Jumper, 6:24PM Older model, four door, dark gray, sedan parked just shy of the top of the bridge going southbound. Hispanic male, dark, cleancut hair in drivers seat.

any more info is welcome.
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03.14.20: possible jumper, 8:19am
unknown
03.14.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 8:19, 9:27, 1h8m

any more info is welcome.
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03.12.20: possible jumper, 9:41am
unknown
03.12.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 9:41, 13:17, 3h36m

03.12.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, ROAD OBSTRUCTION, 13:06, 15:46, 2h40m

any more info is welcome.
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03.09.20: possible jumper, 8:28pm
unknown
03.09.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 20:28, 22:50, 2h22m

any more info is welcome.
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03.05.20: jumper, 03:45am
unknown
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03.05.20, Lorenzo K., 0415 this morning. Empty car being loaded on tow truck. Police and ambulance. Looking over the side. Police boat Enroute.

03.05.20, Ray P., St. Petersburg, 03/05/20 0400 SPFD and HCSO Dispatched to top of bridge Northbound. Two boats in the water.

03.05.20, Chris G., facebook, Coast Guard and the sheriff's department currently looking for a body in the water at Skyway Bridge. Overheard conversation on VHF marine radio is someone that jumped later: Just now heard on Marine VHF radio that the search for person in the water in the vicinity of Skyway Bridge has been suspended due to further investigation later: I heard them talking this morning on the radio. The Sheriff's Department helicopter was searching the rocks with FLIR but I guess didn't find anything

03.05.20, anon, Fd responded just before 4am. It was believed that a person jumped about 2 hrs prior to that. Fd checked rock and went available

03.05.20, Prima M., facebook, They were still looking for him/her when I drove through around 445am

03.05.20, German G., facebook, saw the car, police car and police boat down below.

any more info is welcome.
03.05.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 3:45, 7:33, 3h12m
facebook article posts
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02.25.20: jumper, 7:22pm, female, died, body found 3 days later
Pamela Alice Mehan, 49
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02.25.20, Alec T., facebook, my dad just went over the skyway. said he saw jumper activity on both sides of the bridge. He didn't see helicopters but saw boats in the water and fhp up top.

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02.25.20, Scott P., facebook, Car stopped on of skyway bridge suicide hotline siren on possible jumper

02.25.20, Patrick O., facebook, Possible jumper at the northbound apex at 722pm, car parked, no occupants seen. 😢 FD was dispatched from south st Pete at about the same time.

02.25.20, Kelly O., St. Pete, FL., Possible Jumper, My daughter and I got to the top of the bridge at 7:18pm tonight (2-25-20). There was a tiny, silver, four door at the tippy top of the Northbound lane. The back passenger side door was open and it appeared that someone was looking over the edge from the car as it was wedged against the concrete. There were no headlights or hazards on. It was drizzling and the wind was causing an advisory. No other vehicles were there.

02.25.20, Ray P., St. Petersburg, 2000 HOURS TUE 02/25/20 FHP,SPFD, MANATEE EMS, AT SB TOP OF THE BRIDGE. BOATS IN THE WATER.

02.25.20, anon, uscg activity under the bridge.

02.25.20, Patrick, St Pete, 718-722pm, small grey car parked at northbound apex. Had a bad feel to it, possible jumper, no occupants seen. God bless them. FD seen coming up the south span moments later. :(

02.26.20, Anon, TBA, regarding: 2-25 jumper, In last 2 weeks was refused care due lack of insurance coverage. In last 6 months had been in and out repeatedly.

02.28.20, Anonymous, Tampa, FL., (02.25.20, female, died, body found), Jumper 2/25 was found in water either yesterday or today. Next of kin was notified today. Jumper was Pamela Mehan from New Port Richey. Has received mental health help numerous times in last 2 months after suicide attempts. Was recently discharged within a week from a local hospital despite telling staff she was still suicidal and would kill her self if released.

any more info is welcome.
02.29.20, bradenton.com, Body of woman found in Anna Maria Sound. Sheriff’s office is investigating.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a woman who was found floating in Anna Maria Sound on Thursday.
According to a sheriff’s office incident report that was released late Friday, the 49-year-old New Port Richey woman’s body was reported floating in the intercoastal waterway behind the 600 block of Key Royale Drive near Anna Maria Island.
The sheriff’s office identified the victim as Pamela Alice Mehan.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Randy Warren said the death is still under investigation, but there is nothing suspicious at this time, pending the results of an autopsy and toxicology report.
Marine units and an aviation unit responded to the call and located Mehan’s body just after 4 p.m.
 Pamela Alice Mehan   Pamela Alice Mehan
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• 03.02.20, Kim M. C., Pamela Mehan was my sister. Yes, we had a difficult relationship, but her family was not abusive. She was adopted and was loved and cherished by our parents. She did have many abusive boyfriends. She was able to get in touch with her biological family as an adult and discovered that her bio mother was manic depressive and her bio father was an alcoholic, both Gene's she unfortunately inherited. Our parents tried to get her all the help they could, even though we were located in rural midwestern towns where resources were limited. The alleged abuse by my brother and grandfather has no basis. These accusations only came out after repressed memory therapy - which occurred years after the multiple abusive relationships she had been in. Pam struggled with mental illness her whole life. Her first suicide attempt was as a teenager. Our parents tried to get her treatment as it was available, they helped her get a college degree, they provided cars and housing... When she was young, they attended everything she was involved in... When she wanted to play softball, our dad spent hours pitching balls to her and playing catch. When she was a cheerleader, mom and dad drug me to every basketball game, and I did my homework on the bleachers. When she was in jail after driving drunk, mom and dad bailed her out and helped her find treatment. She was taken on family vacations, encouraged to try things that interested her, and loved beyond measure. It was never enough. Yes, Medicaid has limits, but whenever Pam disagreed with a counselor or medical professional, she moved on to someone else. There was always some therapy that was going to be better and fix her. But as soon as she didnt like something, she left. We all encouraged her to volunteer somewhere, to find some purpose of she couldn't work, but she couldn't stick to anything. I am saddened by the life that could have been and never was. I agree that my sister was a caring soul, loved cats and all animals, and would give you the shirt off her back. But please recognize that her family tried to help her and always loved her.  
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02.21.20: possible jumper
unknown
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02.23.20, Derek, Tampa Bay florida, (02.21.20, 1:00am, female, no crisis phones, hit rocks, died), I witnessed it. I was too scared to take pictures or stop to help.

any more info is welcome.
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02.16.20: jumper, 2:30am
unknown
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02.16.20, Ray P., St. Petersburg, 0230 Sunday Morning. HCSO, FHP, SPFD, ETC. and two boats on scene skyway bridge.

02.16.20, anon, Sppd and FHP reported body in the water under skyway. Reports with uscg confirmed it was jumper. No vehicle on bridge.

02.16.20, anon, (2:36am, male, did not use crisis phones, hit water, died, body found)

any more info is welcome.
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02.14.20: jumper, male, died
unknown
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02.14.20, Carson P., facebook, Black two door coupe style vehicle stopped at the very top northbound lanes with its hazards on. Someone is in the driver seat. Not sure if they are a DAV or a jumper. I called FHP and they have got someone coming out. They took my phone number for a call back so I am not sure if they will update me. If they do I will let you know. I drive over the bridge twice a day so I see this shit far too often. later: The Pinellas dispatch shows fire, ems, PD and FHP. Looks like HCSO is on scene too.

02.14.20, Diane, Bradenton, (male), Saw man with camo hat and pack back appearing to contemplate jumping. Car small tan with flashers on Northbound. Approx 10a. Called 911, troopers responding.

02.14.20, anon, Fd responding to what appears body recovery right now near skyway. later: Body recovered.

any more info is welcome.
02.14.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, 12:16, 14:57, 2h41m
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02.08.20: jumper, 6:10am, male, hit water, died, body missing as of 02.15.20
Shawn Wishart, 41
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02.08.20, Keturah C., facebook, Just saw a empty car on top of the bridge with a lot of cops didn’t see any civilians.

02.08.20, SCOTT, Palmetto, (7:40am), Empty car on top. Lots of police cars on the southbound side. Fire running along the edge looking over.

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02.08.20, Stephanie L., Tarpon Springs, FL., This morning at around 7:30 there were 3 police cars and a fire truck, with an empty, small, older, black car. Car appeared empty.

02.08.20, anon, Abandoned car and note

02.08.20, Jennifer W., facebook, Driving Southbound on the Skyway at 7:30 this morning, 3 police cars, a fire truck, and abandoned car at the top with 3 firemen looking over the edge 😢

any more info is welcome.
02.08.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, 6:10, 18:11, 12h1m
02.08.20, IONTBfb, Skyway: Police activity in the southbound lanes on the bridge. Search underway for a person that is believed to have jumped about 6 am.
•02.08.20, Billy D., I drove past this this morning shortly after it happened. Saw several police boats in the water and the lone car sitting on top of the bridge. Terrible feeling driving past it.
•02.08.20, Patricia R., Passed there at 7:30, rescue units on the top span. Black car being searched
•02.08.20, Angie R., we need to spend the money on the nets and spend it fast. Today was the first time I drove over the skyway a few hours after someone decided to end their life on the skyway - on my way to Bradenton I watched to Police Officers and one tow truck surround an abandoned vehicle. On my way home I watched 2 helicopters circle the water around the skyway and numerous boaters volunteer their time and gas to search for this individual so their family can have a proper fair well. We pay for all of this every time an individual jumps from the Skyway - the net is a lot cheaper at the end of the day - as unfortunate as the entire situation is.
 Shawn Wishart   Shawn Wishart

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02.04.20: save, 5:25pm, female
unknown
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02.04.20, Angie R., facebook, Possible jumper today. Empty car at the top of the bridge. Traffic is held up. No one in the car.

02.04.20, Phil C., Jumper on the sunshine skyway north bound!! It'll be closed any minute.

02.04.20, anon, FHP took woman into custody. Call was at 527. FHP transported to north rest area for evaluation.

02.04.20, Anonymous, Sarasota, (5:25pm, female, didn't jump, taken away), Passed the situation going north. She was on the southbound side and police were walking with her at the time.

02.06.20, Bonnie C., fb plugin, I came up on it about 5:27 north bound side, but the state trooper car was on the south bound side. He was walking a very distressed young woman away from the railing.

then there's this report. can anyone confirm it?
02.04.20, Rhonda, Myakka City, (5:50pm, died, body found), I saw the BODY being recovered. I was travelling at a CRAWL with the traffic on 275 (Southbound)...going up the Skyway. I saw the "jumper's" obviously abandoned car at the top (on the Northbound side) with the road ranger's vehicle behind it and police cars beside it. Then as I got to the BOTTOM of the bridge I could see fire engines, ambulances, and police cars on the access road right at the water's edge and they had a BODY wrapped tightly and completely in a light blue body bag, on a stretcher and appeared to be discussing something and getting ready to put the body in the ambulance. Traffic was still at a CRAWL, and moving slowly enough for there to be NO QUESTION that they had just recovered this body from the water. I think the woman that people saw with the policeman was either a distraught family member or witness...but without a doubt someone DID DIE there today. a response:
•02.04.20, anon, we don't put dead bodies in bag and loaded into an ambulance.

any more info is welcome.
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02.04.20, Stacie F., When I passed he (FHP trooper) had his arms locked around her. No one else was there yet. Kudos to him for doing it solo ❤️
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01.14.20: widow, crisis center hopeful barrier will prevent skyway jumps.
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01.10.20: jumper, 3:58pm, male, died
Scott Russ
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01.10.20, DeeK, Manatee county, Possible jumper, Red Tacoma truck appeared abandoned at top of bridge. Police on scene around 4:30 pm today.

01.10.20, KM, Sarasota, fl., Possible jumper, Possible jumper off the bridge today around 4pm. Southbound. Lots of police and boats with lights searching below the bridge. My heart breaks for this persons friends and family. It’s so hard to understand when you are left behind to live with the pain

01.10.20, Jade, Bradenton, fl., (6:30pm), 6:42 pm red toyota truck left on top of the bridge. Unsure if person jumped or was talked down but forensics and police are on the bridge right now.

01.10.20, Barbara H., facebook, You probably know by now possible jumper. Over an hour ago I was stuck in traffic southbound then after I got home I took my dog to Maximo Park and was walking along the fence that separates O'Neill's Marina to the park and saw a group of cops and firemen standing around talking and their fire boat is gone so I'm assuming they are looking for a jumper who jumped. Or better yet maybe they are trying to talk the person from jumping . I know the barrier is going up but I hope it doesn't pressure people to feel like they have to get their jump on before it goes up.

01.10.20, Justin B., facebook,


01.10.20, Carson L. P., facebook,


01.13.20, Paul B., facebook, it was around 3 pm I took these pictures that are floating around.


01.14.20, Jane D., Tampa, His name was Scott Russ. A co worker and great man. Extremely saddened by the news of his passing.

any more info is welcome.
01.10.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, 15:58, 16:05, 0h7m
 Scott Russ   Scott Russ

facebook.com
01.10.20, IONTBfb, Skyway Bridge: Expect delays southbound as multiple agencies on-scene after subject jumped from center span. Recovery ongoing. later: Confirmed death.
facebook article posts,
01.26.20, Dan S., Scott Russ was a very close and dear friend of mine, unfortunately I didn't know his struggles or what he was going through, I was told he had Huntington disease, which I've been told is incurable, I'm still in shock from this and I will truly miss my buddy more than words can ever say.... I hope he is resting in peace and to that one day we hopefully meet again, I will miss him terribly
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01.09.20: suicide barrier to be installed on the skyway.

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01.08.20: save, 2:00pm, male, used the phones, didn't jump, taken away
unknown
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01.09.20, anon, (01.08.20, 02:00pm, male, used the phones, didn't jump, taken away), Male, white SUV at the top, was taken down and prevented from jumping by responding FHP Trooper. Confirmed save.

any more info is welcome.
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01.04.20: possible jumper/save, 8:40pm
unknown
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01.04.20, anon, (9:00pm), Empty car stopped at top of south pound bridge tonight. Two police cars there with lights on also. Didnt see any people outside. Possible jumper.

01.04.20, Jim C., facebook, Police activity on bridge currently. There’s at least 3 cruisers.

01.04.20, Lisa N., facebook, Just came over the skyway 1 car and suv on top with 2 police cars looking over the side

01.05.20, Mario, Tampa, (01.04.20, 8:40pm), I was driving southbound on the skyway bridge and saw a black car parked with a person standing by the bridge, around the peak height of it, one leg over the edge. This is around 8:35-8:40pm. I didnt get to stop but it was very concerning to me so I called 911 where they sent highway patrol right away. I have no idea what happened after that but would really like to know if this person is ok, should there be any reports of that night.

01.09.20, anon, (01.04.20, 8:40pm, didn't jump, taken away), Confirmed save. Jumper talked down by responding law enforcement.

any more info is welcome.
01.04.20, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, 20:40, 21:10, 0h30m
 
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