Sheriff: Suicide driver plunges into Snake River Canyon

Sheriff: Suicide driver plunges into Snake River Canyon

Credit: KTVB / First Person

Rescuers recover the body of a 28-year-old California woman who plunged over the north rim of the Snake River Canyon on Sunday.

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 8, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 2:06 PM

TWIN FALLS, Idaho -- Authorities in Twin Falls are investigating the death of a California woman whose car plunged into the Snake River Canyon near the Perrine Bridge Sunday night. 

Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall says the 28-year-old woman likely took her own life.

The woman's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

McFall says investigators believe the woman was traveling along the north canyon rim when she drove her car into the canyon, about a quarter mile east of the 480-foot high Perrine Bridge.

McFall says sheriff's deputies from Jerome County and Twin Falls County helped with the recovery operation, along with the search and rescue teams from both counties.

Idaho State Police officers were also involved in the investigation. 

While the Perrine Bridge gets a lot of attention as a popular BASE jumping site, it has on occasion drawn people looking to end their lives. There are even signs of a suicide prevention hotline number posted on both ends of the bridge.

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