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Police: Search continues after man jumps from Peace Bridge in ‘apparent suicide’

Buffalo police believe a man jumped from the Peace Bridge Wednesday morning in what they’re calling an apparent suicide.

An empty minivan was found on the Peace Bridge early Wednesday, prompting U.S. and Canadian authorities to search the Niagara River below.

The vehicle, with Ontario plates, was discovered on the Canadian side of the bridge at about 5 a.m., Fort Erie Fire Chief Larry Coplen said.

A Buffalo police spokesman said the man is believed to have jumped from the American side of the bridge. Police responded to the call at the bridge just before 5:30 a.m., spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in an email.

The Fort Erie Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and Buffalo police Underwater Recovery Team have been conducting a water and air search. The search is being conducted from the bridge to North Tonawanda.

Buffalo police are continuing to investigate.

email: abesecker@buffnews.com

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