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Teen Jumps Off Plattsmouth Bridge

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Search For Plattsmouth High Student Ends

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Single-digit temperatures and blustery winds on Monday forced rescuers to call off their search late in the afternoon for a man who is believed to have jumped off the Plattsmouth Toll Bridge into the cold water of the Missouri River.

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Law enforcement agencies and rescue personnel from Mills County and Cass County, Neb., responded shortly after 3:20 p.m. after witnesses reported seeing a male subject get out of his vehicle, a white Ford Contour, and jump off the bridge.

The man is believed to be an 17-year-old from Plattsmouth. A parking pass for Plattsmouth High School could be seen hanging from the rear view mirror of the vehicle parked on the eastbound lane of the bridge approximately 25 yards from the Nebraska entrance. Mills County Chief Deputy Bruce Paulsen said the man might have been talking on a cellular telephone before parking and getting out of the vehicle and jumping into the river.

Rescue personnel searched for the man from both shores of the river and in the water from rescue boats. A Nebraska State Patrol helicopter was also utilized in the search.

The search was called off at approximately 5:45 p.m. out of concern for the well-being of rescue teams that were working in frigid conditions.

The search resumed on Tuesday but was called off because of the weather.