Man who boasted about river jumps dies after jump

3 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago Friday, October 09 2015 Oct 9, 2015 Friday, October 09, 2015 7:49:36 AM CDT October 09, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities said a man who jumped into the Mississippi River and drowned had boasted to friends that he had jumped into the river many times and wanted to do it again.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 40-year-old Joseph Frazier of Granite City, Illinois, jumped from the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in north St. Louis County last month. His body was recovered Wednesday near Granite City.

Madison County, Illinois, Coroner Stephen Nonn said Frazier climbed onto the bridge deck on Sept. 26 and jumped. His girlfriend saw him resurface and float a short distance before he went under.

The coroner's office said Frazier had not made any threats of suicide.

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