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December 13, 2018

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Woman becomes first recorded suicide at Hoover Dam bypass bridge, authorities say

The Hoover Dam Bridge Dedication

Justin M. Bowen

A view of Hoover Dam from the pedestrian walkway on the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is shown Thursday, October 14, 2010, during the bridge’s dedication.

Map of Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

Boulder City

A woman jumped to her death Saturday evening from the Hoover Dam bypass bridge in the first suicide recorded from the bridge since it opened in 2010, a Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman said Monday.

Hoover Dam police encountered the woman about 9 p.m. Saturday on the pedestrian walkway of the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and attempted to dissuade her before she jumped, Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Rose Davis said.

The woman’s body was recovered Sunday morning from the Colorado River, Davis said.

The 1,900-foot-long bypass bridge, opened in October 2010, sits downstream of the Hoover Dam, where it spans the Black Canyon. It is the country’s second-highest bridge. Metal railing runs most of the length of the Hoover Dam side of the pedestrian walkway, which sits 900 feet above the Colorado River.

Davis said her office was unaware of any other suicides committed at the bridge.

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