MCSO Unable to Identify Woman Who Plunged to her Death off Talmage Road Bridge in Ukiah Friday

Death InvestigationLast Friday, October 15, 2021, an eyewitness watched a woman jump off the Ron Ledford Memorial Bridge on Talmage Road east of Ukiah proper, according to Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Greg Van Patten. The woman died after her fall and remains unidentified.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies and other first responders arrived on the scene, according to Captain Greg Van Patten, and confirmed the woman had died as a result of the fall.

The identity of the adult woman, at this point, is unknown, explained Captain Van Patten. He had little details on her identity but was able to tell us that the woman is “possibly Native American or Pacific Islander.”

Captain Van Patten noted that upon arrival at the scene around 6:54 p.m., a deputy attempted CPR “but it was unsuccessful” and she was pronounced dead.

A review of scanner traffic from that evening indicates the woman jumped off the northwest portion of the bridge into the bed of the Russian River. After at least ten minutes of CPR, the woman was called deceased via a “trauma event.”

The fall is approximately 20 feet in the area where she jumped, according to Captain Van Patten.

When asked about other attributes about the woman such as height, weight, hair, and eye color, Captain Van Patten said those details could not be provided until after the autopsy. He did add the woman had no noticeable tattoos.

Please remember, if you or a loved one are suffering from mental distress there are many resources that can be accessed including:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264, [email protected]
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): (800) 662-4357
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): (866) 615-6464
Mental Health America Hotline: Text MHA to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741

In efforts to educate the public regarding suicide prevention, the following infographic from the National Institute of Mental Health provides guidance in warning signs associated with suicide:

In efforts to educate the public regarding suicide prevention, the following infographic from the National Institute of Mental Health provides guidance in warning signs associated with suicide:

UPDATE Oct 20: Authorities Determine the Identity of the Woman Who Jumped of Ukiah Bridge

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meme
meme (@meme)
1 month ago

May she rest in peace. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Please ask for help if you feel suicidal

Martin
Martin
1 month ago
Reply to  meme

I agree completely with your comment. So many poor souls are afraid to ask for help if they are feeling suicidal.

dawni
dawni
1 month ago
Reply to  meme

I don’t agree with your statement, re commenter below. I’ve known people that committed suicide because they honestly, and accurately, knew they could never recover and be the person they were before or how they thought of themselves as. Yes, I agree it is those of us left behind to deal with the feelings and rationals of the whys and wherefors of suicide. C’est la vie.

Martin
Martin
1 month ago
Reply to  dawni

When you take your own life, no matter the reason it is still suicide!

Cetan Bluesky
Cetan Bluesky
1 month ago

Sad. RIP.

E=mc2
E=mc2 (@efox6845)
1 month ago

1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year. 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness. 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

Martin
Martin
1 month ago

So very sad that the woman took her own life. May she rest in peace. God Bless. Thank you to the deputy that was trying to save her with CPR.

Deborah Schultz
Deborah Schultz
1 month ago

You ask for help and the commit you.

Diamond
1 month ago

She died after jumping 20 feet? Makes me wonder if she was already dead and someone threw her off the bridge…