Body of man who fell from Hoover Dam bypass bridge recovered

Authorities recovered the body of a man who fell from the Hoover Dam bypass bridge Friday afternoon and are working to identify him.

The man, whose name was not released Friday, appeared to be suicidal. He walked onto the bridge’s walkway, climbed over the rail and hung from it about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Rose Davis said.

Two hours later, after officers with the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas police departments tried to help him, he “let go or fell,” Davis said.

Officers with both agencies helped search for him, and he was found early Friday afternoon.

Police don’t believe the man who died in the fall is linked to a second body found near the Hoover Dam at 3 p.m. A motorist stopped on the highway located the body in a ravine in the desert off the roadway, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.

Las Vegas police, who were alerted to the body, said the person might have been homeless and that the body might have been there for “a long time.”

The coroner’s office also didn’t release his name Friday.

Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at lmower@review or 702-383-0440.

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