Police have identified the Longview man who jumped off the Lewis and Clark Bridge on Friday morning in an apparent suicide.
The body of Howard Victor Slape Jr., in his late 40s, was recovered from the river Friday, according to the Rainier Police Department. He was not publicly identified Friday to allow time for relatives to be notified.
Slape, who went by Victor, was bound for Washington when he stopped his vehicle on the Oregon side of the bridge, got out and jumped at around 11:40 a.m. He had been alone in the car, Murphy said. His body was recovered from the Columbia River a short distance downstream within about half an hour, according to police.
Rainier and Longview police, Columbia and Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies and the Washington State Patrol responded. The bridge was closed for nearly an hour while officers responded.