Kelso police and Cowlitz sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Allen Street Bridge Tuesday on reports that a 16-year-old girl was ready to kill herself over sexual abuse.
The girl, a Longview resident, was reportedly preparing to jump off the span above the Cowlitz River.
According to Kelso police report, she was talked off the bridge rail by passing drivers. According to a now-unavailable Facebook post by a Longview man named Perry Ash, his mother pulled the girl off the railing as she was hanging over the bridge and prevented her from jumping.
The Daily News could not confirm this claim or reach the woman.
According to the police report, she told an officer she wanted to kill herself because of the sexual abuse she was receiving at home, and that nothing was being done to help her.
She was eventually led off of the bridge and taken to a local hospital. Further details were unavailable.
Help is available for those experiencing mental health crises. The Cowlitz County Mental Health Crisis Line can be reached at (800) 803-8833 or (360) 425-6064. The National Suicide Prevention Helpline can be reached at (800) 273-8255.
The Emergency Support Shelter in Longview is an accredited service for sexual assault crisis intervention, and can be reached 24/7 at 360-425-1176.