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.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

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

Dan Verbeck describes river search from downstream.

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.