A 53-year-old woman jumped to her death from the New River Gorge Bridge on Wednesday, despite the numerous passers-by who stopped to try to talk her out of her decision.
Robin Snyder, chief of interpretation and visitor services, said in a news release that the woman stopped her car on the bridge and pulled out a step-stool, which she placed next to the bridge rail.
Snyder said motorists stopped to try and help the woman as she climed the stool and perched on the edge of the bridge, but she jumped anyway, falling 876 feet.
Rangers, Fayette County deputies, the Fayetteville Fire Department and EMS personnel responded to the incident.
Snyder said it took about 40 minutes to locate the woman's body in the rugged terrain below the bridge. A short raising system was used for the recovery.
The incident is under joint investigation by the NPS and the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.