Police have classified last Friday’s suicide leap from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as a missing persons case. NYPD officials made the determination after search and rescue teams came up empty in the search for a body, writes Staten Island Advance.
Friday’s incident marks the fourth in a series of both successful and attempted suicides to take place on or near the bridge by different men since April.
Brooklyn resident Benny Guzman, 46, is believed to have abandoned his car on on the lower level of the Staten Island-bound side of the span, at about 11:40 a.m. yesterday, according to police.
The man identified by law enforcement as Guzman apparently jumped before first responders were able to reach him.
NYPD, FDNY, and Coast Guard units called off an “extensive search” for Guzman’s remains at approximately 8 p.m. on Friday.
The apparent suicide would be the third attempt – and second successful one – by three different individuals to jump off the span in less than 2 months.
On May 29, a 54-year-old Staten Island man leaped from the Verrazano to his death.
Police and bridge workers were able to prevent an attempted suicide jump by another man in April.
On May 15, after responding to a call to a rest area near the Brooklyn side of the bridge, police found the body of a man sitting in a dark minivan. The victim was believed to have taken his own life with a .25-caliber semi-automatic hand gun – which was recovered from the floor of the vehicle.