Kansas City detectives spent hours in boats searching the Missouri River on Thursday looking for the bodies of a man and his daughter who apparently jumped from the Bond Bridge last month.
The detectives, with help from the Missouri Water Patrol, searched for nearly 30 miles but found no signs of the pair who plunged 120 feet while holding hands March 21. Police also searched Saturday by boat and airplane.
Police are not identifying the victims until they find the bodies. Police said the victims drove to the bridge from Peculiar, where they shared a mobile home. The woman was thought to be holding her cherished Chihuahua-mix dog in a blanket when she jumped.
It could be a long time before the bodies surface. The body of a man who jumped into the river last October from the Heart of America bridge appeared Saturday more than 60 miles downstream in Waverly, Mo. Two fishermen found the body of Steven P. Quinones, 29, of Overland Park, caught in some debris.
The missing woman’s mother said Thursday she was “on pins and needles” hoping authorities could find the bodies of her daughter and ex-husband.
Although it took more than five months for Quinones’ body to be discovered, the mother said she didn’t think it wouldn’t take as long to find her daughter.
“We’re going into spring, so there should be more boats and more eyes on the river to help look for the bodies,” said the woman. “Right now I’m just dealing with this one hour, one minute at a time, praying to God that the river releases them back to us.”