UPDATE: Water patrol searching for juvenile who jumped from Missouri River bridge

Friday, May 14, 2010 | 7:38 p.m. CDT; updated 10:34 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 14, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Water Patrol is dragging the Missouri River for a shackled 16-year-old boy who jumped from a bridge in Jefferson City while being transported.

Patrol Sgt. Jerry Callahan says no one saw the teen resurface after he jumped around noon Friday from the northbound lanes of the U.S. 63 bridge.

Scott Rowson of the state Social Services Department says the boy attacked two staff members while being driven from the Prenger Juvenile Center to another facility.

The boy got into the front seat and escaped. The staff members followed, but he jumped into the fast-moving river.

Rowson says the boy was restrained at the wrists and ankles. He could not comment on why the boy was in state custody.

The Water Patrol planned to halt the search Friday evening and resume Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.


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