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Body of man who jumped off Memorial Bridge in Clearwater recovered in Gulf

Published Jun. 2, 2016

The body of a man who jumped from the Memorial Causeway bridge in Clearwater on a dare was located this afternoon in the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater police said.

According to police, a fisherman found the body of the unidentified 48-year-old man about two miles west of Clearwater Beach.

Police confirmed the body is that of a man who was reported to have jumped off the bridge earlier this morning.

A man told police that he and the victim were walking across the bridge around 12:30 a.m. when they dared each other to jump.

The victim jumped, the man told police, and there was a delay of between 30 and 45 minutes before the incident was reported, according to a news release.

The man's identity will not be released until after his family has been notified, police said.