Bay Bridge area searched after possible suicide attempt

Police searched water near the Bay Bridge Sunday night after witnesses called 911 to report a possible suicide attempt. No one had been found as of yesterday, Maryland Transportation Authority Police officials said.

Two passing motorists called police just before 10 p.m. to report that a man was standing near the edge of the westbound side of the bridge, said Catherine Leahan, a spokeswoman for the agency


Leahan said one of the callers told police that the man was outside the guard railing near mile marker 34.

Officers found an unattended vehicle in the slow lane, Leahan said.


She declined to describe the make and model of the car but said it had been left unlocked with its hazard lights on. No keys or suicide notes were found inside, she said.

A Coast Guard boat and a Maryland State Police helicopter assisted transportation police in their search for the driver.

Two of the three westbound lanes were closed for about an hour, Leahan said, causing a half-mile traffic backup.

The car was impounded.