Police investigate report of jumper at Hoover Dam bypass bridge

Las Vegas police are searching for a missing woman who may have jumped off the Hoover Dam bypass bridge on Friday afternoon.

Lt. John Loretto said Hoover Dam Police received a report that a woman jumped off the bypass bridge about 6:15 p.m.

“Nobody saw her jump, but she’s no longer around,” said Loretto, who added the woman left her purse in the cab she apparently took to the bypass. “But everybody believes she jumped.”

Two Metro patrol units were immediately dispatched to the scene south of Boulder City to investigate the incident, Loretto said.

The woman is believed to be in her 40s and was first reported missing by the Tempe Police Department in Arizona earlier in the week.

Hoover Dam Police refused to comment.

The bypass bridge is a 900-foot vertical drop. It spans the Black Canyon and is located 1,500 feet south of the Hoover Dam.

Contact reporter Tom Ragan at tragan@reviewjournal.com or 702-224-5512.