Editor's note: this article has been updated from its original version. Police asked that we not yet reveal the man's age, and have informed us that a search is indeed still active in the water.
State police have scuba divers searching the Hudson River Thursday morning for a young man who abandoned his car on the Tappan Zee Bridge early Wednesday morning.
“Without any other evidence – no note, we’ve interviewed his family, no witnesses, nothing in the water – we can’t say for sure until something turns up,” Trooper Jason Jones said from the state police headquarters out of Albany.
Jones called the case "kind of unusual," in that in similar cases something else often turns up pointing investigators to possible suicide. Here they have nothing but a car.
State police stationed at Troop T at bridge’s base in Tarrytown received a call around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday for a Honda on the bridge. They found the keys in the car and a driver’s license. However, police haven’t yet named the owner or where he's from. While Jones had revealed the age to Patch Thursday morning, moments later he heard from the investigator in charge of the case that police don't want the age, or even an age range, to be released either.
They launched a recovery operation at the time with aviation and boats on the water but turned up nothing on Wednesday. “We are investigating his personal history – any signs of despondency in any way, and just treating it for now as a missing person,” Jones said.
Police are also mapping the ebb and flow of the river with its tides and calculating where a body might be if and when it may surface.
It’s been exactly a full year since someone died jumping from the Tappan Zee Bridge, a 24-year-old woman from Connecticut who died on September 5, 2013.