Cops & Crime
4:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Man, Woman Vanish Into Missouri River Without A Trace

Unforgiving terrain along Missouri River's South bank. Kansas City Firefighters in boats searched in snow-reduced visibility for a man and woman seen jumping from a bridge.
Unforgiving terrain along Missouri River's South bank. Kansas City Firefighters in boats searched in snow-reduced visibility for a man and woman seen jumping from a bridge.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The Missouri River swallowed up two people seen jumping from the Kit Bond Bridge at midday.

Traffic was stopped on the span that carries some 100,000 vehicles a day.

Police talked with at least one witness.

Visibility was obscured by snow squalls that whipped the river at the time.

KCUR’s Dan Verbeck gave a description from the site where the river search was launched and ended--“this is Riverfront Park, downstream from the Bond Bridge."   

From this point, the Kansas City Fire Department launched boats to try to find a man and woman seen jumping just after 11:30 Thursday morning.

A pickup truck they had arrived in was left in the middle of the bridge.

There was fear at first that there was a baby with the couple, but a witness told police, according to Captain Steve Young, that the woman had a blanket in her arms. Captain Young said there is no proof at all that there was a baby.

But an hour-long search of the river turned up nothing.