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Search called off for reported Breckenridge bridge jumper; police want woman who made report to step forward

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

“We did basically all we could do and then some,” said Breckenridge police Chief Nate Harder.

Along with Breckenridge police, Wilkin County sheriff’s deputies, Wahpeton police and Breckenridge firefighters walked the banks and used boats to search the river, swollen by recent rains, until 2 p.m. Monday.

The search began after a police officer was flagged down about 2:15 a.m. Monday by a driver flashing her headlights by the Main Street bridge, Harder said.

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.

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, the chief said.

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

“We would love to talk to her again, but she has not come forward,” Harder said.

The chief said his department, which checked with other local police, does not know of any recent reports of missing people in the area.

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