Possible jumper shuts down Pitt bridge

Police and volunteers search river and nearby area, but find no one

Police search the bridge deck and areas underneath it

Police search the bridge deck and areas underneath it

The Pitt River Bridge was shut down by police Monday evening after a motorist reported seeing a person walking on the outer edge of the span.

The man called 911 around 6:40 p.m., telling police he had seen an Asian man wearing a black baseball hat and sleeveless black T-shirt, walking west, but never saw him reach the other side.

RCMP closed the bridge for half an hour to search the deck and areas underneath it.

Search and rescue teams from Maple Ridge and Coquitlam arrived at 8 p.m. to search the Pitt River and shore.

No one was found.

Ridge Meadows RCMP are now monitoring missing person reports to see if any match the description of the person seen on the bridge.

“It’s very concerning that someone may have done something to harm themselves,” said Insp. David Fleugel.  “We have contacted all RCMP detachments and police agencies in the Lower Mainland for any missing persons reports, and we’ll check any of those to see if they meet the descriptors of this possible victim. Anyone with any information that may assist this investigation is urged to contact us.”

• Call RCMP at 604-463-6251 if you have any information.