Body Found after Report of Boy Tossed Off Bridge


NEWPORT, Ore. — The Coast Guard and Lincoln County authorities searched Monday night for a 6-year-old boy after a woman reported that she threw her young son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in the Oregon coast community of Newport, the police chief said.

The 911 call came in about 6:25 p.m. Monday, Chief Mark Miranda said in a statement. Officers found a woman at the scene and took her in for questioning.

More than three hours later, Miranda said police had "no evidence to indicate that this incident did or did not happen."

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg said the Coast Guard dispatched two boats and a helicopter to search the water and continued searching late into the night.

The bridge was closed to all traffic for about an hour but later reopened.

Police, the Coast Guard, the county sheriff's marine patrol, and county search and rescue teams are "putting out a good effort to see if we can find the child" if a child was actually thrown in the water, Miranda said.

In May 2009, a woman tossed her two young children off a bridge in Portland, killing her 4-year-old son. A daughter, then 7 years old, survived. Amanda Stott-Smith was sentenced in 2010 to at least 35 years in prison.

The Yaquina Bay arched bridge, one of the most famous on the Oregon coast, opened in 1936. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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