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Sunshine Skyway Bridge Death Investigation

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 23-215




The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suicide that occurred on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

On November 28, 2023, around 3:40 p.m., deputies were called to the bridge for reports of a suspicious man. Once on scene, witnesses told deputies they saw a man jump from the bridge.

Immediately, marine units with HCSO and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office responded, working to locate the man. Unfortunately, Manatee County's crew did quickly locate a deceased male matching the description of the man seen jumping from the bridge.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will conduct the death investigation per protocol based on the jurisdiction of the incident.

"This time of year can be difficult for so many. Please check on your friends and family during the holidays," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "If you or anyone you love is in need of support, I urge you to use the amazing resources in Tampa Bay. The Crisis Center is only a call away 24 hours a day at 211. Let's support each other so that no family is left with one less person at their holiday table."

This investigation remains ongoing and the identity of the deceased will not be released until family can be notified. Any updates will come from the Public Affairs Office.