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Body of man who jumped from Howard Frankland Bridge recovered

Published Aug. 8, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG — The body of a man who emergency responders said leaped off the Howard Frankland Bridge several days ago was seen floating nearby early Tuesday and was recovered by authorities.

The recovery effort began about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday after a helicopter unit reported seeing the body halfway between the Howard Frankland and the Courtney Campbell Causeway, Coast Guard officials said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Authorities think the man, who has not yet been identified, is a missing St. Petersburg resident whose vehicle was discovered on the causeway Sunday.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death, and identify the man through dental records.