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Search Continues Along the Rogue River

9-8 jbo river searchGRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Josephine County Sheriff’s Department continues to search for the Grants Pass man who apparently jumped off Deb Potts Memorial Bridge.

Two search and rescue members and two sheriff’s deputies were out scanning the banks of the Rogue River Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses describe a 16 to 20-year-old male with a thin build and black hair jumping over the rails of the bridge, although sheriff’s deputies say the reason is unknown.

Dive crews failed to find any sign of the unidentified man in the water Saturday. Sheriff’s deputies say there’s still hope of finding him alive on the riverbanks, despite the height of the fall.

“We have had people go off the bridge before. We have located people who have perished who have gone off the bridge. But then on the other side of that there’s been a few people that have gotten lucky,” said Josephine County Sheriff’s Deputy Ernie Fields.

Deputies say nobody has called to report the man missing. They say they did find clothing and some other personal items in the water, but they weren’t able to determine if they were his.