Authorities suspend search for possible bridge jumper at the Jersey Shore

    A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. (Image: Wikipedia.org

    A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. (Image: Wikipedia.org

    Authorities have suspended the search for a person who possibly jumped from a bridge into a river at the Jersey Shore.

    Belmar Matt Doherty said in a tweet that crews have stopped searching the Shark River for the day, adding that the investigation remains open.

    Emergency personnel responded to the tidal waterway near the Route 35 bridge spanning Neptune City and Belmar in Monmouth County shortly before 7 a.m.

    They responded on a report of person possibly in the water.

    Officials say a car was found parked on the bridge earlier this morning. Authorities have not identified the vehicle registrant or said if the person has been reported missing.  

    US Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police helicopters searched the river and inlet for hours. Divers also entered the water, and local and county responders assisted. 

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