Tampa woman, 30, jumped from Sunshine Skyway

The woman who jumped off the Sunshine Skyway bridge Tuesday morning was identified, authorities said.

April Walsh, 30, of Tampa, jumped from the bridge around 5 a.m., according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. A caller notified police after a 1994 Honda Accord was found on the bridge. The Florida Highway Patrol found the car with the keys inside. Also in the car were a wallet, some form of identification and a note.

Search boats found Walsh's body, which was taken to nearby O'Neill's Marina. Her name was released Tuesday afternoon after her family in California was notified.

On Friday, authorities suspected that someone else had jumped after a report of a car abandoned on the bridge. A body was found Saturday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Web site.

The number of people who jump from the bridge increases during the holiday season, said St. Petersburg Fire Rescue Lt. Joel Granata.

"This is like one a week now," he said.

Tampa woman, 30, jumped from Sunshine Skyway 12/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:02am]

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