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11.12.14: jumper, 1:33pm, male, died, body found same day
Carl Parks, 55
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
11.12.14, Shepdog of Skyway Lane, St Petersburg, FL., (3:16pm), Pinellas County dispatched St Pete Rescue 11, Truck 11, Engine 11, Fire Boat 11, FWC Marine and the District Chief and Rescue Lieutenant from downtown to grid 723S. This is the standard dispatch for a jumper. FHP found an abandoned car at the top in the southbound lane. later: Additional. PC dispatch reports FHP found the car running and a man's wallet in the car. They additionally reports the names on the driver's license and vehicle registration matched...

11.12.14, Robert S., ST. Petersburg, Florida, (3:00pm), Trooper behind greenish minivan fire department just responded which had its flashers on and Windows down trooper looking inside the van.

11.12.14, Melissa H., Parrish, FL., (6:00pm), VW Passat wagon with flashers on stopped on Northbound hump. 3 cruisers and nobody in the car.

11.12.14, Ryan N, Palmetto, FL., facebook, Possible jumper empty vw Passat wagon at top northbound.

11.12.14, Jordan, St. Petersburg, FL., There was backed up traffic on the right lane heading back to St. Pete on my way home from work. It was around 6:10pm. Abandoned car (grey I think) with 3 other police cars. One car was blocking the right hand lane. There were 5 officers outside of their car, 2 looked like investigators because they had suits on. Possible jumper or something else?

11.12.14, jessica, fort myers, fl., (4:40pm), i was driving southbound & on the northbound side of skyway bridge was a empty vehile filled w/ FHP an amblulence & officers looking over the side of the bridge & it was all @ the very top of the bridge.

11.12.14, Ryan G., facebook, Saw that as well around 5pm tonight. 3 cops looking over the side.

11.12.14, Nichole B. P., facebook, I was crossing the bridge going home and saw a fire truck and lots of police cars and maybe 5 officers looking over the wall for the motorist.
 

photo from t.m., facebook.com/iontb

11.13.14, Del M., Naples, Fl., (11.12.14, 1:33pm, male, did not use phones, died body found same day), The jumpers name is Carl Parks. He was a loved co-worker to many people in the Naples area. Although informative, this has got to be the most inapproiate site I have ever seen. (and yet you made time in your busy day to contribute much detail to "the most inapproiate site" you've ever seen. we thank you for your inappropriate input.)

any more info is welcome. 
11.12.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 1533, 2009, 4h36m
11.12.14, bradenton.com, HILLSBOROUGH -- Search-and-rescue teams are trying to determine whether someone jumped off the Sunshine Skyway after a running car was found abandoned at the top of the bridge, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office received the call at 1:33 p.m. Wednesday from the Florida Highway Patrol that a trooper had found the abandoned car on top of the bridge, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon. The car is now on the northbound right shoulder of the Skyway, according to FHP. "We are out with our aviation and marine unit along with several agencies looking to see if there was a jumper or if someone just abandoned the vehicle and was picked up," McKinnon said. Deputies have identified the registered owner of the vehicle, he added. Among the other agencies that have responded to assist are the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Coast Guard. (thanks Jason, Bradenton, FL.)

11.13.14, bradenton.com, Deputies: 55-year-old man committed suicide by jumping off Sunshine Skyway,
HILLSBOROUGH -- Deputies believe a man found dead committed suicide by jumping off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Hillborough County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies went to the bridge at 4:10 p.m. because of a report by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper of an abandoned, running vehicle at the top of the bridge, according to Debbie Carter, spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
 
Carl Parks, 55, was the owner of the vehicle and was reported missing from Collier County, according to Carter.
Carter said after a search the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found the body of Parks shortly after about 2.5 miles east of the Skyway.
Deputies currently believe it will be ruled a suicide, Carter said. (really? could it be a suicide? amazing detective work. thanks Jason, Bradenton, FL.)
Carl Parks
image from facebook.
 

11.14.14, Jane doe, murfreesboro, tn., Carl Parks is my father. My mother took everything he had good in his life. His 2 younger children, she got him fired and used him for child support. She did not let him see his children nor talk to them. She degraded him and made him feel worthless. She threw him in jail for a crime he did not commit and I bailed him out. He suffered every day. To him he had nothing to live for. He was very loved by many of his grown children and 2 grandchildren. (we are truly sorry for your loss and even more sorry to hear he suffered in life as he did. people can be so cruel and heartless.)

11.14.14, G Parks-C., Palmetto, florida, Carl Parks served our county 1st infantry division- sniper. A long distance runner. A man with a brilliant mind that was intense and focused. He had a photographic memory. He did research and development in the electronics field. He adopted a son from south America in the early years. His son is a loving caring individual. His daughter carries on his brilliance while working on her PHD in microbiology at 21. The last 12 years have been a battle with depression and frustration in relationships as well as a dependency on alcohol. He had Parkinson's disease. A life well planed and executed from a young age, veered off the true course and couldn't find a way back. He is finally at peace and the demons of life are gone. He is in the arms of God. Pray that we the family can find peace with his impulsive decision to end his life his ,way. Glenda, his first wife of 23 years. (he sounds like a good man that lost his way, we are sorry for your loss.)
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11.10.14: possible jumper, 7:55am
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11.10.14, Shepdog of Skyway Lane, St Petersburg, FL., (7:55am), While driving southbound, a trooper was at the top of the bridge with his lights on and an empty car in front of him. That is all I know. No known response by St Petersburg Fire Rescue.

11.10.14, na, st pete., fl., (8:15am), Drove by one white car at the top a road ranger and a state tropper. the only people there were a trooper and the road ranger. I wonder if the captain of the cran barge saw anything. it was full throttle heading away from the bridge.

any more info is welcome. 
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11.05.14: possible something, 6:15am
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11.05.14, pb, st pete., (6:15am), Boyfriend headed to Work SouthBound on Skyway.. Black Male parked Jeep at base of Bridge and was 1/2 way to the top. I called 911 and they said FHP was aware.. I hope they got to him in time :-(

any more info is welcome. 
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10.25.14: article - college marine rescue team teaches lessons.
06.29.14, sfgate.com, By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press,
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When a troubled soul jumps from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge that spans Tampa Bay, the person's slim chance of survival could rest in the hands of 20-year-old Melody Chaplin and her college classmates.
Chaplin is one of about 50 students on the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team. The school and its all-volunteer marine rescue program are approximately six miles by boat from the bridge, which is ranked fourth for suicide jumps in the United States.
Because of the school's location - where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay - the group is often the first to respond on suicides. Their four boats are some of the closest to the bridge, closer even than the Coast Guard. The boats are docked just yards from some dorms, and the proximity to the bridge means that they have a chance of rescuing people in need.
When Chaplin and her teammates get a call about a jumper, adrenaline surges and she's out the door. Even if she's in her dorm room, studying for finals. Or watching a movie with her roommate. Or sleeping.
The emotions come later. Staff members hold a debriefing for team members after responding to a tough call.
"I trust everyone on the team," said Meg Evans, a 19-year-old sophomore.
The team was founded in 1971 to provide support for the school's numerous water-based activities. Over the years, the team's mission has expanded to help non-Eckerd mariners and is a Hollywood movie waiting to happen.
Said Aino Pihlava, a 21-year-old junior from Finland: "It made me realize how small some of the problems are that we think are huge."
Love connections have ended in post-graduation marriages. Often entire suites will be made up of EC-SAR members. Most have the same ringtone on their phones — a loud, blaring horn — and know they can call on each other at any time of the day or night.
While the 24-7 team is the only volunteer, college-based marine search and rescue group in the country, there are other college search and rescue teams around the nation. Texas A&M has a center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue and a handful of schools perform backcountry searches.
Eckerd is also unique for handling many of the routine suicide recovery missions.
According to a website that compiles suicide statistics for the bridge, between five and 12 people commit suicide there annually. Dozens more are listed as possible suicides, and each year there are a few survivors — a near-miracle on a 197 foot bridge — at its center span.
Since 2013, the Eckerd team has found four victims, none alive. Over the years, the team has rescued survivors, but fewer than a dozen. In 2012, the team also came up with a new, nautical search pattern.
Previously, the team would steer their boats parallel to the bridge, up and down the bay. Emily Sandrowicz, a 28-year-old staff member and a former volunteer student, said the team wondered where a body would drift given the tides and currents.
The team stuffed a "mustang suit" — a full-body immersion suit — with weights to approximate an adult's size. They couldn't hurl it over the side of the bridge, but they could put it in the water underneath, with a GPS tracker attached.
They discovered their previous searches "wasted time and space," said Sandrowicz. Depending on the tide, the dummy drifted only to certain places. So they switched their search pattern to more of an expanding cone-shaped configuration and shared their results with the Coast Guard and area fire-rescue teams that also look for jumpers.
Since implementing the new pattern, area rescue teams have found 70 percent of the 14 jumpers since January 2013, Sandrowicz said.
The team also helps stranded boaters, puts out onboard fires and bails out sinking vessels of all shapes and sizes - free of charge, although mariners often give donations to the team after being rescued. Crews are on call for a 24-hour period and then get 48 hours off; the team's three paid, non-student staff members schedule the students around lectures and try not to call the students to an emergency during class.br> The students receive no college credit for the extracurricular program, which is funded almost entirely by donations (the team holds a massive yard sale every year, which garners much of the annual budget). A private liberal arts school, Eckerd has about 1,800 students and a good chunk are marine science majors. Some pick the school specifically for the SAR team.
Said Meg Evans, a 19-year-old sophomore who wears a dolphin pendant around her neck: "This team has shown me that I'm a lot stronger than I thought."
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08.30.14: possible jump
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08.30.14, Allie, Lakeland Fl., (3:15am), Just crossed Skyway bridge heading towards home after fishing. 3 patrol cars & officers looking over side of bridge. Couldn't see what kind of car was parked on far side of bridge. I'm assuming its a jumper :(

any more info is welcome. 
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08.25.14: possible jump, male, hit water, died, body not found yet?
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08.25.14, TB, Tampa, FL., (08.25.14, 11:30am), Ambulance with full sirens and lights passed me as I was heading towards the skyway bridge, while crossing over that emergency vehicle as well as numerous law enforcement were at top of the bridge with binoculars looking down at the water.

any more info is welcome. 
08.25.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, SKYWAY BG, 1121, 1624, 5h03m
08.27.14, anon, (08.25.14, male, no crisis phones, hit water, died, body not found yet), it was a person lived down the road from. i seen this person jump. (you lived down the road from this person and you saw him jump? were you there with him?)
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08.20.14: possible jump, 1:06am
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08.20.14, ele, bradenton, (1:06am), Saw car on of northbound lane police on southbound lane at top.

any more info is welcome. 
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08.19.14: jumper, 3:15pm, female, died, body found
Elizabeth Kerry Byrnes, 28
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08.19.14, Jeff L., facebook, suicide / pinellas/ st petersburg / 1 sunshine skyway bridge. FB11, R11, D5, LR1, ECSR, USGC, FFWC, SS350, E11. later: FB11 found body, signal 7.

08.19.14, Amy, saint petersburg, fl., (3:00pm, female, no crisis phones), My boyfriend was driving over the bridge earlier today and watched a girl get out of a VW jetta and jump off the side. I hope she survived...

08.19.14, Rikke, St.pete., When i was driving over the bridge there was an empty car on the top of the bridge and cops looking over the edge.

08.19.14, mindy, florida, (08.19.14, 3:30pm, male), Heavyset african american male wandering. Looks in distress. Anyone know anything about this? (he may be someone that witnessed and/or stopped as a result of a female jumping.)

08.20.14, Paco, @skywayjumpers, it happened as I drove past. Body was recovered.

08.22.14, Loren G., Sarasota, FL., (08.19.14, 3:30pm, female, died, body found), Lizz Byrnes, 28 years old. Drove to middle of bridge, got out of vehicle and threw herself over the bridge. She was recovered by Fire Rescue I believe in Tampa Bay. I am a relative of her boyfriend. Information is listed online as well.

08.25.14, anon driving over, St Petersburg, FL., (08.19.14, 3:13pm, female), Saw the cars as I drove over at 3:20. Saw this article: tampabay.com, Feel like I need to know what happened to her.

any more info is welcome. 
08.19.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1524, 2028, 5h04m
08.20.14, hcso.tampa.fl.us, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Suicide, Woman jumped from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. TuesdayAugust 19, 2014, Time: 3:15 PM, Victim: Elizabeth Byrnes DOB: 3/04/1986, Sarasota, Details: On August 19, 2014, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Elizabeth Byrnes drove her vehicle to the northbound center span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Byrnes exited her vehicle, walked over to the rail and jumped off the bridge. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue recovered the body.
08.19.14, tampabay.com,  Woman jumps off Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
A woman jumped off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Tuesday, authorities said. The Florida Highway Patrol received the call at 3:13 p.m.
Witnesses told troopers that a woman had climbed over the railing and jumped. An unoccupied vehicle was parked nearby.
No other details have been released.
comments follow article. such as:
•Yadira H., My stepdad was 2 cars behind when she jumped he ran out to see if he could help but when he looked down she had completely disappeared into the water

08.20.14, tampabay.com, Deputies have identified a woman who jumped from the Sunshine Skyway bridge on Tuesday afternoon.
Elizabeth Byrnes, 28, of Sarasota, drove her vehicle to the northbound center span of the bridge about 3:15 p.m., got out, walked to the rail and jumped. St. Petersburg Fire Rescue crews later recovered her body from Tampa Bay.
Witnesses reported seeing her jump and deputies found her empty vehicle parked nearby.
comments follow article. such as:
•Sean C., I saw her jump, I tried to save her but I wasn't fast enough, does anyone know her? Please call me 863-618-XXXX
Elizabeth Byrnes  Elizabeth Byrnes  Elizabeth Byrnes  Elizabeth Byrnes
images from facebook.com/lizzbyrnesmemorial obituary


Lizz Byrnes - Never Too Far


Lizz Byrnes - Make You Feel My Love (Adele Cover)
08.19.14, Tom S, Parrish, FL., I heard it on the Cowhead Show. I pass over the bridge so a coworker told me about it.

08.28.14, John G., Sarasota, Lizz was a stunningly beautiful, talented woman. Her family has set up a memorial page lizzbyrnesmemorial.com. Her obituary can be found here legacy.com/obituary. (we are sorry for your loss. many may think the beautiful people have it easier than the non-beautiful. after all, being beautiful means you are popular and everyone loves and desires you, right? the reality is, they are just as capable of having suicidal thoughts as anyone else. beauty is not a defense against depression.)

11.10.14, Barbara, St. Petersburg, Please take down her pictures, etc. since everyone says it's wrong to commit suicide. Read her obit and all the people she had as support did not recognize her mounting troubles and condition. That is so hard to believe. If only one person had reached out to her then she would be here instead of what happened in those horrible times she experienced. And maybe Elizabeth was a good cover up person - I'm fine - everything is great, etc. But look in their eyes and you will see the truth, the sadness, the fear of trying to continue and trying for so long to get help. Yes, everyone has a story but one day it's just time to go. Anyone who has read this far, please reach out to someone who has those eyes. Thank you. (the story of the helpless feeling to those close to a suicidal is quite common. it can be hard to pick up on how they suffer silently inside. they can be the perfect actor, playing the role of someone whose life is skipping along just fine, when in reality they are heading for a cliff. sometimes the ruse is completely effective and you are totally clueless. other times, the clues are there, either deliberately planted as a cry for help or you just know something is amiss. you try to offer help, but "it's ok, i am fine, i'll get over it". in the end, it's up to them to reach out and seek the help they need and/or continue to fight the good fight. suicide is a solemn task. blaming yourself for the actions of one person harming them self is something that comes naturally, but is unwarranted. we are truly sorry you lost her. we post pictures based on our public vs. private policy.)
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08.12.14: possible jump
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08.12.14, Bill E., Riverview, (4:35pm), HCSO Alert to all cars & FHP. Driver of S10 headed to Skyway to jump.

any more info is welcome. 
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08.01.14: possible jump
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08.01.14, Nicole A., St Pete, Fl., (8:30pm), Abandoned Red Nissan SUV at the top of the bridge with the emergency flashers on.

any more info is welcome. 
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07.28.14: save, 6:20pm, male, was stopped from jumping
unknown
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07.28.14, Dave, Bradenton, (6:20pm, male, was stopped from jumping), Drove by, have pic of police talking him down. Glad they got to him in time.


07.28.14, Beth H., facebook, Just saw a jumper on Skyway Bridge- police were talking him down, so sad.

07.28.14, Keodara A.Y., facebook, Hi, I was just coming over the bridge 15 mins ago and only saw an empty car, feared the worst but hope the car was empty because the person was safe in the police car.

any more info is welcome. 
07.28.14, KYLIE, LWR, FL., Came home after driving by to check the jumper page. So So Friggen Happy to see that this attempt was a failure. Its just good that someone was given a second chance to ponder their life. Hopefully it is a chance they will use to live a happier life. I get it.
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07.23.14: possible something? nothing? two incidents on this date?
07.23.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, VEHICLES - ABANDONED, SKYWAY BG, 0149, 0535, 3h46m
07.23.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, VEHICLES - ABANDONED, SKYWAY BG, 1115, 1127, 0h12m
07.23.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, SKYWAY BG, 1127, 1631, 5h04m

any more info is welcome. 
08.14.14, Fake N., Tampa, FL., (07.23.14, female, died, body found), legacy.com/obituaries, This was my neighbor. She was the abandoned car call for service on 7/23. Her kids informed me of how she passed.

08.28.14, anna, (07.23.14, 6pm, couple, no crisis phones, hit water, died, bodies not found yet), They were my parents. I heard about it like a day later because I was at my grandparents house. I never knew that they both were under such depression. My moms name was Jessy [name withheld], (41 yrs old) my dads name was Austin [name withheld], (46 yrs old). I miss them a lot, they haven't even been found yet. (we are truly sorry for your tragic loss.)
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06.29.14: article - Hooper: Can Sunshine Skyway suicides be curbed?
06.29.14, tampabay.com, Ernest Hooper, Times Columnist/East Hillsborough Bureau Chief,
The board that oversees San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge voted last week to install a steel safety net to help prevent suicides on the iconic structure.
According to a Yahoo News report, supporters say similar suicide prevention barriers have served as deterrents at other bridges such as the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Environmental and financial concerns have been cited for not installing a similar barrier on our Sunshine Skyway Bridge, but the four children of a mother who jumped from the bridge earlier this year might say cost shouldn't be a factor. (let us not forget hanns jones' invention. who needs nets when you can install a simple rail?)
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06.29.14: save, male
unknown
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06.29.14, Dan M., No boats or helicopters... They were looking straight down, maybe at the rocks.



(dan, thanks for the photos. here is a guy in a hat, straddling the wall with officials chatting him up from a safe distance. we're sure that when the officers thought they had the right moment, they pounced on him like kids on a busted piñata.)

06.29.14, Steven H., facebook, It just ended peacefully at 740am. Started shortly before 6am in the SB lanes.

06.29.14, Bill E., (7:55am, was stopped from jumping), St Pete to dispatch, HCSO has person of interest in custody. All units leaving bridge.

06.29.14, Ted G., aripeka, Fl., (7:20am, male, was stopped from jumping), was heading back from Ft Meyers. The first thing I noticed was a helicopter hovering. There was a ship heading to port. At the top of the span there were numerous patol cars. The jumper was indeed straddling the wall. There was one officer kneeling on the ground and appeared to be talking to the would be jumper. Several other officers were near by.

any more info is welcome. 
06.29.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0559, 0955, 3h56m
06.29.14, Hanns Jones, facebook, This most resent post with the guy on bridge. The electric railing would most definitely have stopped him. Pull on rail ..... I was kinda disappointed when that one guy jumped off of the top of his f**king van . It was like WTF? (there's no stopping some people that wish to self eliminate. they have made up their mind and do not want to be stopped. if it means climbing on top of a vehicle, so be it.)

07.01.14, Dan M., facebook, and the photos above, I'm very happy he lived. I've seen two people go over the rail personally, and over the years countless empty cars and folks watching the body float away as the CG tried to find it.
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05.24.14: possible jump
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05.27.14, Christina W., Arcadia, FL., (05.24.14, roughly between midnight and 2ish), My husband and I were out fishing on the South end of the fishing pier. We saw several emergency vehicles head to the top and never heard any crash....any info???

any more info is welcome. 
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05.20.14: possible jump
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06.09.14, Jennifer, St. Petersburg, FL, (05.20.14, between 10:30 pm and 11 pm), I drive this bridge at least 6 days a week, twice a day. I have seen a few police/abandoned vehicles on the skyway bridge in my 2 year span of living here in Florida. But on this Sunday night on my way home from work, I noticed a vehicle a few cars in front of with it's hazard lights on. The car was driving slower as it approached the top of the bridge. It almost seemed as if the driver was "looking" for the "right" spot to stop, if that makes any sense. As other cars kept passing the vehicle, it moved from the left lane to the right lane and stopped at the very top of the bridge. I was directly behind this car and it was extremely odd to me what had just happened. I did not see anyone exit the vehicle so I am not exactly sure what the issue was. If I am not mistaken it coincides with the previous comment from 5/20/2014.  

any more info is welcome.
05.20.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1920, 1935, 0h15m
05.20.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, CONTACT MESSAGE - NO CONTACT MADE, SKYWAY BG, 1939, 2024, 0h45m
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05.18.14: possible jump
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05.18.14, Keri, Riverview, Fl., (2:30am), On my way home last night at roughly 2:30am, I saw multiple police vehicles on the northbound side of the bridge. Does anyone know if there was a jumper? (maybe it was a "suspicious" person.)

any more info is welcome. 
05.18.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUSPICIOUS PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 0033, 0037, 0h04m
05.18.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, ASSIST OTHER AGENCY, SKYWAY BG, 0520, 0549, 0h29m
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05.17.14: possible jump, female
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05.17.14, Bill E., Riverview, Fl., (1:35pm, female), HCSO just dispatched call. Female out of her car looking over side @ top of bridge.

any more info is welcome. 
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05.14.14: jumper, 1:39pm, male, hit water, died, body recovered.
unknown
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05.14.14, Bill E., Riverview, Fl., (1:39pm, male, died), Report of civilian boat with deceased male aboard, 2.3 nautical miles nw of center span. All typical apparatus dispatched. Report of boat being a sailboat. Coastguard responding to boat. Other units to top of bridge, Blackthorn and marina. later: Update; after searching for sailboat, command was notified that the boat just gave lat/long of body. Ongoing search with HCSO sending marine unit & chopper. 3:13 FB11 stopping their search. USCG, HCSO. chopper & awaiting USCG chopper still searching.

05.20.14, A.K., Sarasota, FL., (2:00am, male, hit water, died, body found), I am ex wife, was contacted by Hillsborough Sheriffs Office in effort to locate next of kin. Vehicle abandoned at top of Skyway 2am, jumped, body not recovered until later that day. Thomas Cavis, DOB 11-30-1969. Residence unknown.

any more info is welcome.
05.14.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, VEHICLES - ABANDONED, SKYWAY BG, 0201, 0528, 3h27m
05.14.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, VEHICLES - ABANDONED, SKYWAY BG, 0815, 1400, 5h45m
05.14.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 1355, 2113, 7h18m
05.14.14, iontb.com, Water Rescue: Crews from St Pete Fire, USCG, and PCSO responding to reports of a deceased person about 3 miles from the Skyway Bridge. later: Body was recovered this afternoon. Most likely related to an abandon vehicle left atop the Skyway bridge about 2am this morning.
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04.30.14: jumper, 9:54am, male, hit water, died
unknown
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04.30.14, Lynn A., Bradenton, Fl., (10:50am), Drove over right after it happened FHP and fire rescue were looking over and then the FHP website it was a suicide at approx 9:50am and baynews9 said they were doing a water search as well. (the fhp entry was removed from their site.)

08.24.14, Jim, florida, (04.30.14, male), I believe the jumper confirmed dead may have been Randy Waugh, Tampa, Florida - approx. 56 y/o Musician (drummer)

any more info is welcome.
04.30.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0954, 1640, 6h46m
04.30.14, iontb.com, Multiple calls received. Male jumped from SB lanes. Sunstar visualized subject floating face down in the water. Body recovered and confirmed deceased.
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04.27.14: jumper, 4:00am, hit water, lived
unknown
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04.27.14, Buddy, last night about 4am there was an empty car and 3 police cars at the very top of the southbound side of the bridge. when I went by at 5am they were all gone and there was nothing left but burnt flares. if you hear anything please reply I would like to know.

any more info is welcome.
04.27.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, MENTALLY ILL PERSON / NON VIOLENT, SKYWAY BG, 0130, 0459, 3h29m
04.27.14, iontb.com, Jumper very early this morning. Subject recovered alive and transported to the hospital. Left suicide note in the vehicle prior to jumping.
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03.22.14: possible jump
03.22.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 2110, 2212, 1h02m

any more info is welcome.
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03.21.14: possible jump
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03.21.14, Mark B., facebook, 2 troopers top of bridge northbound, empty car.

any more info is welcome. 
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03.19.14: possible jump, female
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
04.02.14, Stacey J., Sarasota, Florida, (7:00am, female)

any more info is welcome. 
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03.18.14: possible jump
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03.18.14, Ryan G., facebook, Southbound at the hump......police and empty vehicle on the Skyway Bridge. Hopefully it's not a jumper.

any more info is welcome. 
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03.16.14: possible jump, female
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03.16.14, anon, (5:18 07pm, female), HCSO got call of female 'Shawna Watson' on way to Skyway to jump. HCSO referred call to FHP.

any more info is welcome.
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03.09.14: possible jump
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03.11.14, Brian T., Sarasota, FL., (03.09.14, 10:00pm), Was driving over the skyway heading south. Police car was on the side with lights flashing at the top, officer was outside of his car looking at a bicycle with no one around. That's about all I could tell. (your report is all we have for skyway activity on the 9th.)

any more info is welcome. 
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02.28.14: possible jumper
02.28.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, MISSING PERSONS - ADULT ENDANGERED, SKYWAY BG, 1054, 1416, 3h22m
02.28.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 1602, 1649, 0h47m

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02.24.14: jumper, 8:55am, male, hit water, died, body found
Craig Gilbert Crider, 47
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02.24.14, Shepdog of Skyway Lanes, St Pete, FL., (8:48am, male, hit water), Pinellas County dispatched St Pete Rescue 11, Truck 11, Engine 11, Fire Boat 11, Eckert College SAR, the Coast Guard, Sunstar and the District Chief and Rescue Lieutenant from downtown to grid 723S. This is the standard dispatch for a jumper. At 8:56, Dispatch reported that a male stopped at the top in the northbound lanes and immediately jumped...At 8:57, Dispatch reported FHP could see the jumper in the water.

02.24.14, DH, Clearwater, (8:30am, hit water), Listening to Pinellas 911 crews responding to a jumper Fire Boat 11 enroute to recover. Not sure if male or female. crews at top of bridge and can see the person in the water and directing FB11 to it. Does not sound as if they survived.

02.24.14, Tom S., facebook, ‎Skyway Bridge Possible Jumper 9am. Toyota Tacoma silver.

02.24.14, facebook.com/iontb, Skyway Bridge: Emergency vehicles atop and below the Skyway working a water rescue. FHP can see male jumper in water. FD responding. later: Body recovered

any more info is welcome.
02.24.14, flhsmv.gov, Incident Type: Suicide, Dispatched: 08:52 AM, Arrived: 08:53 AM, County: PINELLAS Location: SKYWAY BRIDGE NB [7 BRIDGE SKYWAY NB] [SAINT PETERSBURG]  

02.24.14, pinellascounty.org, GRID 723S, MEDICAL, FB11, R11, LR1, PD4, USCG, FFWC, E11, T11 (key)

02.24.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, DECEASED PERSON, SKYWAY BG, 0854, 2208, 13h14m

02.24.14, hcso.tampa.fl.us, Sunshine Skyway Bridge Suicide Man jumped from the center span of the bridge. Victim: Craig Crider DOB: 10-25-66, [address withheld], St. Petersburg,  Details: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating a suicide from the Skyway Bridge that occurred February 24, 2014 at approximately 8:55 a.m. According to witnesses, Crider drove his vehicle to the center span of the bridge and parked his car. He exited the vehicle, walked over to the rail and jumped over. His body was recovered and transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
02.24.14, tampabay.com, Man dies after jumping from Sunshine Skyway Bridge
by Dan Sullivan, Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG — A man died Monday morning after jumping off the center span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's officials. Craig Crider, 47, of St. Petersburg, drove his car to the top of the bridge about 8:55 a.m. and parked, authorities. He then got out, walked to the rail and jumped over. Emergency crews searched the waters below the bridge and found Crider's body, officials said. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies were investigating the death as a suicide.
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02.23.14: possible jump, 8:00am
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02.23.14, Alyssa M., Bradenton, FL., (8:00am, male), My husband saw a man this morning standing at the top looking like he was about to jump. He tried 911 but had to wait so long on hold he hung up and called FHP (we have heard of this 911 'on hold' thing before. hardly seems possible that an emergency call for help system would consider 'on hold' to be an acceptable option to those in a dire emergency.) a response:
02.24.14, David D., Pinellas Park, Saw your comment about 911 callers being placed 'on hold'. have you seen this about the volume of non-emergency calls 911 receives? (we hold the opinion these non-emergency calls to 911 would perhaps diminish if severe penalties were enacted. start fining these callers $500 per incident and apply the proceeds back into the system for additional operators. also, withholding these retards' names doesn't help. let's expose these douche nozzles for the idiots they are and publish their stupidity for all to see.)
 
02.24.14, facebook.com/iontb, Yesterday, crews responded to vehicle atop the bridge with someone looking over about 0850. No car or person were found. (could have been a picture moment, perhaps he chickened out, or maybe it was a test run of the guy that jumped the about the same time the following day, 02.24.14.)

any more info is welcome. 
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02.05.14: jumper, 2:59am, female, died
Kelly Lynn Krapfl, 35
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02.05.14, Joseph D., Terra Ceia Island, Driving northbound at 3:00 am today and saw 6 police cruisers and rescue vehicles on the hump.

02.06.14, cathy W., St. pete, (02.05.14), friend going to work saw car stopped and empty on top of bridge early on the 5th

any more info is welcome.
02.05.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0259, 0903, 6h04m

02.05.14, hcso.tampa.fl.us, The woman who jumped from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge has been identified. Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Time: 2:59 AM, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Victim: Kelly Krapfl, DOB: 8/07/1978, [address withheld], New Port Richey, FL., Details: On February 5, 2014 at approximately 2:59 a.m., Kelly Krapfl parked her vehicle at the center span of the bridge and jumped over the railing. The deceased was located in the water by St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.
facebook:
09.16.13, "Never say it can't get worse it can... FML..."
09.22.13, "Lesson learned this week- Don't cry wolf bc when you really need help no one believes you."
10.18.13, "It is an awful feeling when you know something is wrong and no one believes you."

obituary • guestbook

Kelly Krapfl memorial children's education fund.


mydeathspace.com
commenteering from facebook about these recent jumpers and suicide:
Hanns Jones, What a mess I wish I could fix it. (you tried.)
•Michael J., So tragic to read about this. Such young lives cut short.
•Devon P., Four little kids without a mom. Tragic.
•Neil T., So it goes. My childhood friend did it yesterday but had no bridge to do it. Three kids. She and I go WAY back. But I am not in her shoes. You, me and others reading this, might be stronger than Julie and this other lady. I find it interesting more than I do tragic. Might not make me the most sensitive of people but I cannot change certain things.
•Skyway Bridge, no one self-eliminates without reason. many times, those closest are clueless as to why. that is what makes suicide such a strange event.
•Mark B., it's incomprehensible how one so brave to leap from the edge lacks the courage to live
•Barbara H., From reading her Facebook posts, it appeared that the 35 year old mother seemed to be reaching out for help. I wish there wasn't a stigma attached to needing help. Not everyone endures things the same. My thoughts are with her loved ones.
•Stephanie P., My thoughts exactly mark. My 22 year old sister jumped from a similar bridge in Houston 3 1/2 months ago. I went to the bridge and stood there looking over the edge and couldn't believe my sister had the balls to jump from that high. I don't get it. Its not a pleasant way to go at all. The autopsy and police report were horrible to read and the pics that came with the police report still haunt me every hour of every day. She was my only sibling and my family has been completely shattered. I have been to that dark place in my mind where I think she was at and can understand why she did it. When you're in so much emotional pain you're not thinking of your loved ones or the consequences. You're only thinking about ending the constant internal pain. My sister's problems were not fixable. She had so many issues and alot were just not solvable. I think she had been dead on the inside for a very long time. Anyways that's just my 2 cents.
•Neil T., Barb, always open to interpretation: My friend who took her own life, no more knowledge than a Skyway leaper. They make up their mind. Social interaction/prevention? My uncle who killed himself in 1980? I couldn't have an impact on these ones where I knew the people. I think that, sadly, you have to just sit back and watch here.
•Mark B., I was stationed in San Francisco in the Coast Guard back in the day, bridge jumpers were common. I had one that survived that screamed that we were hurting him while pulling him in the boat and we couldn't believe the nerve! The damage that causes on everyone else, let alone the jumper. 18 year old kids pulling crushed bodies from the sea. I will never forget it.
•Skyway Bridge, thanks to those sharing their stories and opinions. they just prove there are forces that effect how and when we decide to take ourselves out, regardless of how friends, family, or society in general feel about it. it's been happening since the beginning and will continue to happen till the end and there is squat little that can be done to stop it.
•Linda F., It's always interesting to read posts from family members of people who committed suicide. My sister battled demons for many years. She killed herself in a more unconventional manner, she drank herself to death. I didn't really look at it that way until my best friends mother said to me that, because of my sister's religious beliefs, most likely she drank herself to death because putting a gun to her head, taking pills, or jumping off the Skyway would have put her on the "fast track" to hell. The last 10 months before she died she was drinking a gallon of vodka a day. That is almost incomprehensible to me that someone could drink that much a day. I try looking back feeling like there was more I should have done, but all of our conversations about her drinking turned into a huge argument and ended with us not speaking for a couple weeks. I'd always feel guilty and end up calling her to apologize. She will be gone 2 years on February 20th and I still feel a lot of anger with some guilt mixed in.
•Skyway Bridge, linda makes a valid point. i know several that have used cigarettes in a perhaps unintentional suicidal effort to end their lives. people will argue this, but self inflicted death is suicide, regardless the method or the time it takes to succeed.
•Neil T., Sorry Linda. Like the people I have been dealing with this week, so many of them feel that guilt too. I've had to tell people it is their own burden to put down. But I can honestly say that everyone I have ever known who cut their own lives short: There wasn't anything I could have done to change their minds. Being the cause of something is different. Being the solution is only involved if you are part of the cause.
•Linda F., Thank you Neil. I never really looked at it that way before. I guess I really should put that burden of guilt down. Makes sense that it's mine to hold on to or walk away from.
•Skyway Bridge, it seems odd that while reading some of her guestbook entries, there are several referring to her as such a good mother. makes me thankful my mother wasn't as good and didn't take herself out when i was so young.

02.08.14, Bobby, Pemborke Pines, Florida, I always look at your site but this jumper really caught my attention. According to her Facebook account she was the mother of 4 children all under I think 9 and the youngest is 5 months. WOW....Poor kids (no one will ever fully know the hell she must have felt in order to check out like she did.)

02.08.14, k., new port richey, Kelly was a friend of mine and former coworker. She has had a difficult last few months and dealing with a lot both mentally and emotionally. I can only imagine what it took for her to do this. She was a kind, and loving mom. She was amazing at her job. She was loved by many and loved many in return. The world lost a good person that night she decided to end her suffering. She will be missed by many especially her 4 children. Her baby will never know how amazing her mother was. It is tragic and sad. I have been doing a lot of thinking about this, this week. Wondering what all of us missed....unfortunately it is too late to fix it... RIP Kelly. We love you and will always remember your gently and kind ways and wonderful smile. Look down on your children, guide them, wrap your wings around them, and protect them in ways you never could....they will know you are there...never leave their hearts...
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02.04.14: jumper, 9:12am, male, hit water, died
Emmanuel Geraldo Almanzar, 26
thank you, jumpnews reporters:
02.04.14, Jess, Tampa, Fl., (9:00am, male), My boyfriend just saw a man jump. Young man in his late twenties, early thirties. Stopped at the top, got out, ran and jumped all very quickly. My boyfriend called 911.

02.04.14, jeneria, milwaukee, wi., (9:30am), From Twitter IONTB.COM ‏@IONTB 3m, Skyway: Large emergency response enroute to the top of the Skyway. Poor visibility. Marine units as well.

02.04.14, anon, (9:15am, male), Small silver car parked at top of bridge with flashers on. Lots of fire dept activity...HEAVY FOG delaying response. Much radio traffic.

02.04.14, Shepdog of Skyway Lane, St Pete, Fl., (9:11am, male, hit water), Pinellas County dispatched St Pete Rescue 11, Truck 11, Engine 11, Fire Boat 11, Eckert College SAR, the Coast Guard, Sunstar and the District Chief and Rescue Lieutenant from downtown to grid 723S. This is the standard dispatch for a jumper. At 0934, Dispatch that 2 fireboats from Tampa were enroute and that the Coasties aren't in the water yet.

02.04.14, anon, saint petersburg, (10:30am), I witnessed state troopers and county sheriffs, fire resucue, at the middle of the south bound with a small gold color 4 dr car and all of them looking over the side. What else could they be looking for?

02.04.14, Robert S., Largo, Fl., Not sure that if anyone has contacted you, but I was driving south bond, over the skyway around 9:50 this morning 2/4/14, there was a lot of activity, at the hump of the bridge (sheriff, fire, highway patrol, road ranger) a car was sitting their unoccupied and the first responders were standing along the edge it was extremely foggy, sure someone had jumped. I seen no information on this website so I wanted to let you know what I had seen.

02.04.14, Sandi B., Cortez, Fl., (9:00am, male, hit water, lived), Hear coverage on VHF radio

02.05.14, Jonathan B., St Petersburg, FL., (02.04.14, 9:10am, male, no crisis phones), I was driving across the skyway in dense fog; traffic was a little slower because of low visibility. I was traveling southbound in the left hand lane. Several car lengths in front of me I noticed a compact car, the model I didn't pay specific attention, pulled to the right shoulder at the very crest of the bridge (I don't know if it had just pulled over or had been pulled over) and as I approached it with the flow of traffic, what looked like a late twenties to thirties male exited the driver side wearing what I believe was workout attire (shorts and a short sleeve shirt with compression pants and shirt underneath), ran to and around the rear of the car and hopped over the barrier as if he was jumping over a small fence. He cleared the barrier just before I passed the car. I looked at the motorist in the lane beside me mouthing "did you see that" but he obviously didn't as he looked confused. I immediately called 911 (my phones time stamp is 9:11 am 2/4/14) and they transferred me to Hillsborough County and also they contacted FHP while I was on the line. I've looked for a story on Bay News 9 as well as google but I haven't come across any stories. It was so fast and surreal. My question to you is do theses stories typically make the news? Because of how out of place this event was compared to my experiences in the world (I've never witnessed or thought I would witness a suicide attempt) I need validation. later: (died), I sent in my eye witness account earlier this morning and my girlfriend was wise enough to suggest I look at the Hillsborough County Sherif's Departments website. Emmanuel Almanzar DOB: 7/01/1987 [address withheld], Tampa. This information was retrieved, hcso.tampa.fl.us.

02.06.14, Christian W., New Smyrna Beach, Florida, (02.04.14, 9:15am), Tuesday morning, Feb 4, my girlfriend and I were in the way from St Pete to do a job in Bradenton and witnessed a car parked at the center span, with its flashes on. We didn't slowed a bit and didn't see anybody walking on the bridge. My business partner showed up about an hour later and said that he had to reroute, because the Skyway was shut down. Any info available?

02.06.14, Susan, St. Pete, Florida, (02.04.14, male, hit water, died, body found), Just to give them some credit, Eckerd College found the guy, not FWC. Amazing group of students to find him in the fog. Usually not that many people out on jumpers, either. The radio was very active for this one..

05.20.14, Josh, Been awhile since I visited... was reading about Almanzar and I'm not sure the (facebook) page above is the correct Emmanuel Almanzar. Found his girlfriend's (facebook) page linked below and he has made posts on her page since the date of the jump. Perhaps I missed something, but I didn't see any condolence-based posts or comments on his page like I'd expect to see either. Just thought I'd pass that along in case what I say is accurate, but perhaps it's not lol. Keep up the great work. (thanks for the heads up. we were given word about that actually being his page, but apparently it could very well be wrong.)

any more info is welcome.
02.04.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SUICIDE ATTEMPT, SKYWAY BG, 0912, 1729, 8h17m

02.05.14, hcso.tampa.fl.us, Man suffers fatal injuries after jumping from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Time: 9:12 AM, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Victim: Emmanuel Almanzar, DOB: 7/01/1987, [address withheld], Tampa, Details: On February 4, 2014 at 9:12 a.m., Emmanuel Almanzar parked his vehicle at the center span of the Sunshine Skyway bridge and then jumped over the side. Florida Fish and Wildlife officers located and recovered the deceased.
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01.28.14: possible jump
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01.28.14, Jessica F., facebook, near Tierra Verde, FL., Black Nissan sentra being loaded on a tow truck. .. Trooper parked at the top northbound lane. Any news? (yours is the first news of this.)

any more info is welcome.
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01.21.14: possible jump, male
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01.21.14, Gary D., Largo, FL., I was driving to south to Miami Beach. I always do that with the bridge. I saw a man in a red hat walking up the bridge and he was gone when I look back in my mirror. I know he jumped over the side where else did he go? He looked like he was maybe homeless because his clothes looked real bad and dirty. I am sure this get no coverage because nobody cares about the homeless people. So sad. I know he went into the deep blue sea and today was his last day breathing the air around us. Farewell forgotten one....

any more info is welcome.
01.21.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, REFER - FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL, SKYWAY BG, 1740, 1741, 0h01m
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01.19.14: possible something, who knows? 11:00am? 5:30pm?
thank you, jumpnews reporter:
01.19.14, Kaleigh T., Siesta Key, Florida, While driving N bound over the skyway at approximately 11 am, I observed a white male down in between the two sides of the highway. I didn't observe any parked vehicles or construction signs so I felt a little you reporting it but called 911 and was transferred to FHP where they took the above information and my contact info. They thanked me for the information and said they were reviewing the cameras in the area to investigate. I was apologetic that I could not provide more detailed information, as I was driving 7 mph and couldn't see much more. I've been thinking about it all day and wondering what they found out? (thank you. if we get any more, here you will find it.)

any more info is welcome.
01.19.14, Hillsborough Sheriff, SKYWAY BG, 1728, 2053 3h25m
 

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