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Search on hold for man in possible Peace Bridge suicide attempt

The search for a Fort Erie man who possibly jumped off the Peace Bridge early Wednesday morning was called off for the evening as darkness fell, according to authorities.

Michael DeGeorge, spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department, said the search will resume in the morning.

American and Canadian authorities began the search shortly after the man is believed to have jumped from the American side of the Peace Bridge about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The man was being identified through the minivan which was found abandoned on the bridge, after calls began coming in to agencies about a possible suicide, according to Fort Erie Fire Chief Larry Coplon.

Divers from both the Buffalo Police Department and the New York State Police have been called into service in the search, along with units from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Buffalo Command and the Fort Erie Fire Department.

The units are all searching from the bridge itself up to North Tonawanda.

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