Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives are investigating the death of a man who appears to have jumped from the Whale Harbor Bridge in the early morning hours.
At 3 a.m., deputies in Islamorada found a vehicle unoccupied, parked at the top of the Whale Harbor Bridge. They found a phone and a wallet on top of the car; a pack of cigarettes were found on the railing of the bridge.
They called for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a search for a person possibly in the water. At 5:20 a.m., FWC reported finding a man’s body in the water under the bridge. The Sheriff’s dive team was called out to assist in recovery of the body and the vehicle was towed to the Sheriff’s substation on Plantation Key for further investigation.
While the body has been tentatively identified, detectives are waiting to release the victim’s identity until they can notify his next of kin.