Death Investigation on 41 Bridge Deemed Suicide

Charlotte County, FL – September 6, 2022

At 6:59 this morning, a caller advised they observed a body hanging from the crest of the southbound Punta Gorda bridge. Multiple CCSO units arrived including Road Patrol, Major Crimes, Crime Scene, Marine, and Punta Gorda Police Department. During the investigation, traffic was limited to the left lane. After the scene was processed, Charlotte County Fire/EMS responded to assist with removal of the 47-year-old male victim.

Today our community grieves in unity. I pray the family of the victim find peace and that we all make it a priority to check in with our loved ones, expresses Sheriff Bill Prummell.

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out for help. You are not alone. 988 is the nationwide phone number to reach call centers with well-trained responders thoroughly versed in providing trauma-informed listening and response in mental health, substance abuse, or suicidal crisis calls.

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