Man Found Hanging from Fruitvale Bridge Thursday Morning, Apparent Suicide

The coroner has not yet identified the man, who is reportedly white and in his 50s or 60s.

Police say a man found hanging from the Miller-Sweeny (Fruitvale) Bridge this morning was likely a suicide.

A bridge mechanic coming to work just before 7 a.m. Thursday spotted a body dangling from the bridge, he said.

At first he hoped it was dummy, someone playing a bad joke. But when he got closer he saw it was a man, maybe in his 50s or 60s, he said.

"I was driving down Alameda Avenue, the road that goes by Home Depot, and I saw him and did a double take," said the mechanic, who declined to be named. "I thought it was maybe someone playing a bad joke. But we investigated and saw it was a body and called the police."

The man was hanging on the Alameda side of the bridge facing east.

Alameda Police Department Spokesman Lt. Bill Scott his department got the call from a bridge tender just after 7 a.m. The Alameda Police worked with Alameda firefighters to lower the body into a Coast Guard boat below.

"It took awhile for us to get the body down because we didn’t want to pull him up and risk injuring ourselves," said Scott. "So the Fire Department hooked a harness onto the guy and we lowered him to the boat, and they took him to the Grand Street Marina."

The Alameda County Corner has not yet released a cause of death, and while signs point to suicide, the police are conducting an investigation, which includes looking at surveillance videos to see if the man came onto the bridge alone. 

Scott says the man likely died after 2:08 a.m., when the bridge was last raised, and presumably the body would have been seen, and when it was spotted by the mechanic this morning.

“We don’t know for sure it's a suicide, but all indications are," said Scott. 

UPDATED: A spokesman from the Alameda County Coronor's office said Monday that the .

frank stuart April 08, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Taya and all the rest of You!!! He was going through tough times!! He was a friend of mine!! He would always come over to my place of buisness to rake up the leaves and sometimes wash my truck for me!! For extra money!! He was a good person!! Just lost in this crazy world or ours!! In got involvled with drugs, Heavy Drugs, and all the wrong people that came with them!! In the past few weeks he was very afraid!! He was telling me that his life was being threatened!! But, I just told him it was all talk?? Who really knows what happened?? I feel really bad right now!! He was a good man!! May God forgive him if he took his own life?? But if he didn`t?? May there be no mercy for those who did!! God be with you Brian!! I hope and pray, you have finally found peace!! I will miss you!! Frank
Lauretta April 11, 2011 at 03:42 PM
Frank, I'm sorry you're hurting for Brian. Though I only met him once, he was my friends brother and she was at my office when she got the call to come home. I truly hope the police do a very complete and comprehensive investigation. This is one of those situations that just set you back on your heels.
inez April 16, 2011 at 02:51 AM
wow, sorry for your loss, i passed by that morning taking my daughter to school. as i seen the coroner van, i knew it was bad. we never know what lies in someones heart and how heavy the sorrows they carry. be nice to eachother people, you may be the one that makes the difference for that person
a.s April 23, 2011 at 03:29 AM
I am trying to gather as much evidence on this as possible, if anyone has any names or evidence, anything that can help out with this crime to find out if it was indeed a crime or if Brian took his own life. Ive known him since i was 3 years old, I am now 26. Please if you have any information email me at santiago@dingowolfwarrior.com
a.s April 23, 2011 at 03:52 AM


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