January 30, 2004

Jumper Not C.U. Affiliated

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The white male who jumped from the Stewart Ave. bridge over Fall Creek gorge on Wednesday was not a Cornell student, faculty member or employee, Linda Grace-Kobas, interim vice president for communications and media relations, told The Sun yesterday.

According to an Ithaca Police Department (IPD) news release, the victim’s identity has not yet been determined and will only be released once the department notifies his next of kin.

The victim is described as a young white male in his teens to early twenties approximately 5’8″ 140 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. The IPD ask that anyone with information to contact them.


Responding to multiple phone calls from witnesses who said they saw a person fall off the bridge, the Ithaca Fire Department arrived on the scene at 1:37 p.m. on Wednesday. The recovery efforts were delayed approximately two and a half hours due to severe weather conditions.

Further details or insight into the nature of the jump remain unclear as the IPD, assisted by the Cornell University Police Department, continues an investigation into the incident.


“Support services are available for people connected with Cornell who may be affected by his death,” Grace-Kobas said.

Additional news will be reported in The Sun as it is made available.

Archived article by Sun Staff