Reported bridge jumper causes river search

By Michael Ullery

August 3, 2014

Mike Ullery


PIQUA — Piqua police and fire responded to the North Main Street bridge at Riverside Drive just after midnight Sunday on the report of a man who had jumped from the center of the north side of the bridge over the Great Miami River.

Lt. Bill Collins of the Piqua police department said that following a report that a Piqua man, identified as T.J. Webb, had jumped from the bridge into the river, police and fire units rushed to the scene and began to search for Webb.

Collins said that as the search was getting under way, police units contacted a male roommate of Webb who verified that Webb was not at home.

Nearly an hour later, as both police and fire units combed the Great Miami River, and had put in a request for the West Milton Dive team to travel to Piqua to assist in the search, Webb reportedly arrived at his home and contacted his girlfriend, whom Collins identified as Cassandra Vickers, of Piqua.

“She had stated to me that she actually had seen him jump,” said Collins, ” which is not true.”

Upon learning that Webb was safe at home, the search was immediately called off.

Collins said the investigation is pending as possible criminal charges against Vickers are considered.