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Suicide Victim Recovered From St. Croix River

Saint Croix National Scenic River

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The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call late on the morning of August 31st from a man who said that someone had jumped into the river from the 180-foot-high Arcola High Bridge. Responding deputies found a vehicle parked at the Arcola trailhead and a suicide note and personal items on the railroad bridge. Over the next several hours, searchers found clothing items in the river but no body. Search efforts resumed the next morning. Rangers, Washington and St. Croix County deputies, and Minnesota and Wisconsin game wardens employed side-scan sonar, divers, and dragging in an effort to find the man, but without luck. The search effort continued through the remainder of the week. Shortly after noon on Saturday, September 5th, ranger Dave White was searching the shoreline south of the High Bridge when he was flagged down by some campers who reported an object in the water.  The ranger confirmed the object was the body of an adult male, secured the area, and notified the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The body was released to the Washington County medical examiner. An autopsy is scheduled.



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