Law enforcement officials continued searching late into the afternoon Tuesday for a man who apparently leaped from the Community Bridge into the lake about 2:15 p.m


Law enforcement officials continued searching late into the afternoon Tuesday for a man who apparently leaped from the Community Bridge into the lake about 2:15 p.m.

The Lake Ozark Police Department, Camden County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri Highway Patrol were on the scene shortly after a call came in about 2:22 p.m. from a motorist who saw a man believed to be in his late 20s jump.

According to Rich Beaman of St. Charles, he was eastbound on the bridge when he saw a man dressed only in swim trunks and no shoes or shirt step up on the railing. As he passed, he looked in his rearview mirror only to see the young man lean forward and fall to the water about 60 feet below.

Beaman said he didn’t observe any particular expression on the man’s face, but he did appear to be in a hurry.

The Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division had two boats in the water with assistance from the Lake Ozark Fire and Rescue and TowBoatUS.

Officials were scouring not only the water but also the shoreline with binoculars following the initial report. Currently, they have found no evidence of a jumper and no missing persons report to indicate a possible drowning. However, police said the witness was adamant about his observation.

Contact FOCUS Editor Dan Field at dan.field@lakemediaonline.com.