It's unclear whether a man from Toutle, WA, fell from the Lewis River Bridge purposely or by accident.
At 6 a.m. Saturday, deputies from the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle parked along Highway 504 near milepost 39. A worker with the forest service said it had been there for several days.
Police called the home of the person whose name was on the registration. The wife of 52-year-old Lance Chandler answered, saying her husband had been gone for a few days.
She told police she thought he was traveling on business, and that when he didn't answer his phone she assumed he was busy. She said that wasn't unusual, and that Chandler had been working on a major project.
She went on to say that Chandler had some medical issues, but she did not believe he was suicidal.
Police say Chandler's cell phone, coat and an empty camera case were found inside the vehicle, which was unlocked.
Chandler's camera was found a short distance from where his body was recovered, far beneath the very high bridge. The last picture on the memory card shows what appears be the point on the bridge from which he fell.
An autopsy to be performed by the coroner's office may provide investigators more clues as to the circumstances of the fall.
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