The search is on for the body of a 19-year-old man that gave Amtrak security officers the slip Wednesday by jumping off the Market Street Bridge, police said today.
The man, whom police declined to identify but said is a resident of Croydon, Bucks County, fled from 30th Street Station after Amtrak security approached him about his bag, which contained narcotics and a gun, police spokeswoman Officer Leeloni Palmiero said.
He ran onto the bridge, which connects Center City to University City, and hopped a barrier into the chilly waters of the Schuylkill below. That was the last time anyone saw him, Palmiero said.
In the days that have followed, the police department's Marine Unity has been skimming the area near the bridge in search of the teen. Their effort is now being considered a "recovery", Palmiero said, and the teen is presumed dead, given that he hasn't resurfaced since his plunge.