Body found after report of boy tossed off bridge

AP News
Posted: Nov 04, 2014 3:15 AM

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A boy's body was found late Monday night after a woman earlier reported throwing her 6-year-old son off the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Oregon, said Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda.

The chief of this coastal community said he was headed to the scene. Miranda said he had been told that the body was believed to be that of the boy.

Detectives earlier were questioning the woman who made the 911 call Monday evening. Miranda had no immediate update on her status.

The Coast Guard and Lincoln County authorities searched for hours after the call came in about 6:25 p.m. Monday, Miranda said. Officers found a woman at the scene.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg said he understood the body was found floating near a marina.

The Coast Guard dispatched two boats and a helicopter to search the water.

The county sheriff's marine patrol and county search and rescue teams were also involved.

Stephen Moore

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.