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Updated: Teams Continue to Search Rivanna River in Albemarle Co. for Woman

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Update 08/03/2018 at 9:45 p.m.:

Despite extensive search efforts conducted in and along the Rivanna River Friday (Aug. 3), state and local swift water rescue teams were not able to locate a woman who was seen Thursday evening (Aug. 2) jumping from the Interstate 64 overpass.

Because of rising water levels due to the recent rains and dangerously fast currents, search efforts were suspended around 3 p.m. Friday. Swift water rescue teams on scene Friday were from Albemarle and Rockingham Counties, Harrisonburg, and the Virginia State Police.

Crews will continue to assess water levels and risk factors throughout the weekend to determine when it is safe to resume operations.


Swift-water rescue teams are trying for a second day to find a woman believed to be in Albemarle County’s Rivanna River.

Authorities had received a report around 5:25 p.m. Thursday, August 2, that a woman had allegedly jumped over the guardrail of the Rivanna River Bridge on Interstate-64.

According to Virginia State Police, a vehicle was located on the shoulder of the bridge.

VSP is working with experts from Albemarle and Rockingham counties, as well as the City of Harrisonburg to try and locate the woman.

Teams searched for hours Thursday, but suspended their efforts due to the risks posed by high water and strong currents from recent rains.

“The goal is to take a break and then reassess and then go back out this [Friday] afternoon. We’re just not sure how long, because we’re looking at the weather and seeing what that poses,” said - Albemarle County Police Department Spokesperson Madeline Curott.

Rain showers continued to pass through the county Friday, August 3.

Authorities have not released any additional details related to their search at this time.


08/02/2018 Release from Virginia State Police:

At approximately 5:25 p.m. Thursday, state police received a call from an individual saying a female subject was seen jumping over the guardrail on the Rivanna River bridge on Interstate 64 in Albemarle County.

A vehicle was located on the shoulder of the bridge. State police, Albemarle County EMS, and swift water rescue teams responded to search for the alleged female. However, the search efforts were suspended at dusk due to the risks posed by the high water and strong currents from recent rains.

Search efforts will resume in the morning.