Body of the man who jumped off Hale Boggs Bridge is recovered

The body of a Luling man who jumped off the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge Friday has been recovered.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said the man was found today (July 28) in the Mississippi River near St. Rose.

The Sheriff’s Office withheld the man’s name.

On Friday, around 5:30 a.m., a Sheriff’s deputy reported a white male between the age of 18 to 25 walking on the bridge until he jumped over the rail and apparently swam ashore near barges and disappeared. He was walking northbound on the bridge.

“Moments after the deputy observed the subject, the subject ran towards the bridge railing and jumped into the river,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. “He was seen attempting to swim towards barges moored on the Luling side of the river before he disappeared from sight.”

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. James Grimaldi said , “He was observed jumping off the bridge and into the water … he was swimming, but while he was in the current, it appears he was pulled under the barge and we lost sight of him.”

 

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2 Comments

  1. So sad for this young man and his family . He needed help for depression and chose this instead. Suicide is a Permanent Solution to a Temporary Help. Depression is a sad disease. Just get help, put your life in God’s hands, and you can change to be a better person. I pray for him and his family he left behind.

  2. If this was captured on his dash can, why didn’t this officer stop this person immediately. After all, at this hour in the morning what is this person doing on the bridge in PJ’S? The last frame shows him grabbing the ledge to jump. As a mother and friend of people who have lost loved ones by this same act but no one saw to try to stop them. Why did he just video and do nothing?????

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