Apparent suicide off 267 Bypass
A Las Vegas man died Wednesday after falling from the state Route 267 Bypass just south of the Truckee River. Authorities believe the 38-year-old man committed suicide, but haven’t been able to rule out the possibility of an accident.”It would seem as though it was a suicide, but since it was unwitnessed there is nothing to say at this point that it was not an accident,” said Nevada County Undersheriff John Trauner. He added that there is “nothing to indicate any criminal wrongdoing.”The victim’s body was found at approximately 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening after a passing jogger noticed the man lying face-down in a fenced area under the bridge, which stands approximately 90 feet above the Truckee River. According to reports, the victim was unresponsive and his head lay in a pool of blood. The jogger could not reach the body due to the high fence and called 911 from a cell phone.An ambulance from the Truckee Fire Department and officers from the Truckee Police Department and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office met at the scene and determined that the man had been dead for a number of hours.The man’s watch was stopped at 3:07 p.m., which officers assume to be the time of his death.The identity of the man is being held until the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office notifies his family, Trauner said. The man still had his wallet with money and a drivers license issued in Las Vegas – evidence that led officers to speculate that he was not a victim of foul play. Officers did not find any kind of suicide note at the scene, which, according to Trauner, leaves open the possibility that the man’s fall was an accident.The 1,500-foot-long state Route 267 bridge was completed in October 2002. Whether accident or suicide, Wednesday’s incident is believed to be the first fatality related to the span.