TJ Bridge

The Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge

State and local agencies Thursday evening were continuing recovery operations in the Patuxent River in the area of the Gov. Thomas Johnson Bridge, searching for the body of a young male who jumped from the span around noon that day.

Police closed the bridge for about an hour on Oct. 28 while the initial investigation was conducted.

According to Detective Sgt. Kemery Hunt of the Maryland State Police, Prince Frederick barrack, in addition to local police and first responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources Police have been involved in the search.

"It is still an active investigation at this point," Hunt told Southern Maryland News.

Since the bridge opened in December 1977, at least 15 people have jumped off the bridge and died, and seven have jumped and survived, according to Southern Maryland News reports. At its highest point, the bridge is almost 140 feet above the Patuxent River, where the water below is more than 100 feet deep.

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