RED BLUFF, Calif. - A man who matches the description of a bridge jumper who fell into the Sacramento River near Red Bluff was found dead Sunday, according to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.
According to TCSO, on July 22 Red Bluff police got a call about a report of a man jumping into the Sacramento River off Antelope Boulevard Bridge in the downtown area.
Reports say that the man described as a white male, 35 to 45 years old asked for help while he briefly resurfaced from the water, but witnesses lost sight of him when he headed downstream.
Authorities then sent out a boat to conduct a search along the river but they could not find the man, according to TCSO.
Deputies gathered initial information about the man but did not have a positive identification.
A week later, a fisherman found a body floating in the Sacramento River near the mouth of Mill Creek about 15 miles below the Antelope River Bridge.
Once deputies arrived at the scene they recovered the man’s body, which was lodged in debris near the river bridge at Tehama, officials said.
On Monday, an autopsy concluded that the cause of death was drowning.
Authorities still don’t know the identity of the drowning victim, but he is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall or 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 220 to 240 pounds, has dark brown hair and has noticeable scars and tattoos.
As of Wednesday, the man’s fingerprints were being sent to the Department of Justice for analysis.
TCSO says there are no current reports of a missing person related to this man.
If anyone has information about the deceased man call TCSO Investigative Unit at (530)-529-7920.