Palmetto police identify man who jumped off the DeSoto Bridge Wednesday


PALMETTO -- Police identified the man who jumped off the DeSoto Bridge into the Manatee River Wednesday as 36-year-old Quincy Alexander of Bradenton.

Alexander's body was found late Thursday morning by Manatee Sheriff's Office Marine Unit deputies.

The initial 911 call came in at 3:38 p.m. Wednesday when witnesses say they saw a man ramming his vehicle into the railing in what appeared to be a failed attempt to drive off the bridge. Instead he got out and jumped over.

Multiple law enforcement agencies helped in the search and rescue effort into late Wednesday and then again Thursday morning.

At 11:01 p.m. Alexander's body was spotted in the water near where he jumped. Family identified the body when it was taken to the medical examiner's office.

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