Tuesday, April 10, 2012 | 11:10 a.m.
The woman who jumped to her death from the Hoover Dam bypass bridge Saturday night has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office as Patricia Oakley, a 60-year-old resident of San Jose, Calif.
Hoover Dam police encountered Oakley about 9 p.m. Saturday on the pedestrian walkway of the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and attempted to dissuade her before she jumped, a Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman said.
The woman’s body was recovered Sunday morning from the Colorado River, the spokeswoman said.
Oakley’s death has been ruled a suicide by the Coroner’s Office. It is the first known suicide at the bridge since it opened in October 2010.
The 1,900-foot-long bypass bridge is downstream of the Hoover Dam, where it spans the Black Canyon. It is the country’s second-highest bridge. Metal railing runs most of the length of the Hoover Dam side of the pedestrian walkway, which sits 900 feet above the Colorado River.