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Channahon police no longer investigating reports of jumper

Published: Monday, July 14, 2014 2:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014 8:52 p.m. CDT

CHANNAHON – Reports that a man may have jumped off the Route 6 bridge into the DuPage River appear to be unfounded, according to local authorities.

About 5 p.m. Sunday two motorists stopped when they thought they saw a man jump off the bridge into the DuPage River, Channahon Police Chief Jeff Wold said.

When authorities looked in the water, they saw no sign of the man. Channahon, Minooka, Wilmington and Troy fire departments sent personnel, along with water rescue boats and equipment, to the location. Route 6 was shut down for about one hour while rescuers searched the river, Wold said.

Although the search continued for several hours, no one was found. As they searched, additional witnesses said they thought a group of teenagers were videotaping from the west side of the river, Wold added.

According to various calls made to the Channahon police department, Wold said the alleged jumper was likely a teenager who was tubing down the river with friends.  One caller noted a group of teenagers later seen at a local store who were in their swimsuits.

As of Monday, there were no missing person reports and the police department would not be conducting any further investigation into the incident, which appeared to be a false alarm, Wold said.

"I'm happy it was [a false alarm]," Wold said. "I would hate for someone to jump in and not be able to get out."

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