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River searched in Breckenridge after jump reported by driver

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. – Authorities here were looking for a person who reportedly jumped off a bridge and into the Otter Tail River early Monday morning.

Breckenridge police Chief Nate Harder said one of his officers was flagged down about 2:15 a.m. by a driver flashing her headlights by the Main Street bridge.

The driver told the officer she had just crossed the bridge and had seen a white female with blond hair possibly jump into the river below, while apparently holding a piece of paper, Harder said.

The officer told the driver to wait in a nearby parking lot while he checked the river, but as he was searching she drove off. The officer described the driver who made the report as credible and not intoxicated, Harder said.

“This could be very credible, or it could be nothing,” the chief said. “We are treating it like somebody did go in the water.”

Harder said police would like to re-interview the driver who made the report, but they don’t know who she is.

Along with Breckenridge police, Wilkin County sheriff’s deputies, Wahpeton police and Breckenridge firefighters were looking for the person who may have jumped.

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