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Deaths reported after bridge incidents

Authorities from Minnesota and Wisconsin responded Monday, April 9, to the St. Croix River Crossing after reports of a man jumping from the structure. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia

Incidents on bridges connecting St. Croix County with Minnesota left two people dead over the past week.

Both deaths were believed to be suicides.

The most recent incident occurred the morning of Monday, April 9, when a motorist witnessed a man jump from the St. Croix River Crossing. Authorities recovered his body in the St. Croix River.

Washington (Minn.) County Sheriff's Office Cmdr. confirmed the man, a Stillwater resident in his 60s, was found dead on the north side of the bridge.

That incident was preceded by an April 4 incident on the Soo Line High Bridge in Somerset.

St. Croix County Chief Deputy Cathy Borgschatz said the body of a teenage boy from Shoreview, Minnesota, was recovered from the river beneath the structure after authorities responded there for a welfare check at 1:26 p.m.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a resource for anyone experiencing a crisis. The toll-free number, 800-273-8255, connects callers to local certified crisis centers.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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