A body found at the Delaware end of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal on Tuesday is that of an Elkton-area woman who jumped to her death off the Chesapeake City Bridge last week, police reported. State medical examiners in Wilmington identified the 52-year-old woman Wednesday using her dental and medical records, which Maryland State Police detectives provided, according to Cpl. Todd Sexton. "We are en route to notify her family," Sexton said on Wednesday afternoon.
The woman jumped off the highest walkway spot on the Chesapeake City Bridge - about 140 feet above the canal - about 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 6 and disappeared into the water. Aided by a state police helicopter team looking from above, crews in rescue boats searched for more than 90 minutes before suspending the rescue mission.
Other searches took place between then and Tuesday, when a passerby discovered a woman's body in a rocky area along the levees beside the canal in Delaware, east of the Summit Bridge and west of the railroad bridge, police reported.
MSP investigators responded to that spot because the woman who had jumped off the Chesapeake City Bridge on Oct. 6 was still missing and presumed dead.
Shortly after that suicide, detectives were able to identify the woman, in part, because of a description provided by a car passenger who saw her seconds before she jumped, police said.
That description matched a photo on a driver's license that MSP detectives found inside the unlocked car parked at the base of the bridge, police added.
Investigators notified the woman's relatives of her suicide later that day.
It marked the second suicide from that span in eight days.
On Sept. 28, a 31-year-old Newark, Del., woman jumped to her death from that bridge. Her body was recovered in the middle of the canal, about a half-mile west of the bridge, about 20 minutes later.
Both women jumped almost from the same spot on the span, at about the same time of day.
They jumped from the eastern side of the bridge, which is beside the northbound lane of Route 213, and people in vehicles on the bridge saw them jump, police added.
According to police, the woman who committed suicide on Oct. 6 walked to the crest of the bridge after parking her car at the bottom of the bridge on the northbound shoulder of Route 213.
The woman who jumped to her death from that span on Sept. 28 took the same walk to the top after also parking her car on the north side of the bridge, only on the southbound shoulder of Route 213.