On July 7, 2013, at approximately 6:01 a.m., the Lee County Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen indicating several males jumped off the New Pass Bridge in Bonita Springs.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered three young men decided to jump off the bridge for entertainment. Two of the subjects were able to swim out of the water, the third male after impacting the water never made it to shore.
As a result, a search and rescue effort was initiated by various agencies to include the Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Iona McGregor and the Estero Fire Departments. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard along with Lee County Sheriffs Office Aviation, Dive Team and Marine Units assisted in the search.
The initial search efforts have yielded with negative results.
Due to the nature of the incident LCSO Major Crimes responded and assumed the investigation.
Cody Hilton (DOB 12/24/1989) 24377 GOLDEN EAGLE LN BONITA SPRINGS FL 34135
Eliseo Ruth Jr. (DOB 06/16/1986) 18566 QUINCE RD FORT MYERS FL 33967
Victim: Jesse Ruth (DOB 09/15/1989) 118517 ORLANDO RD FORT MYERS
No further information is available at this time.
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