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Body of bridge jumper found after four days

By EILEEN SCHULTE, Times Staff Writer
Published November 30, 2007


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CLEARWATER -- On Thursday afternoon, a crabber found the body of Craig Hill, the 25-year-old man who jumped off Memorial Causeway Bridge on Sunday.

A family member identified the body at the Coast Guard station at Sand Key, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Bridgett Wells.

The shirtless body was discovered about 4 p.m. a mile north of Clearwater Pass.

Hill, 25, and his friend, Todd Payne Jr., made a pact to be the first ones to jump from the top of the bridge which links downtown Clearwater to the beach.

But Payne decided against leaping after watching Hill disappear into the darkness.

Upset and intoxicated, he dialed 911 at 2:36 a.m.

Authorities believe Hill fell about 74 feet to his death.

Eileen Schulte can be reached at schulte@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4153.

[Last modified November 30, 2007, 03:57:01]


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