Police on scene

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A grainy image from a highway camera captured the scene on the bridge.A Cottage Grove man, identified by Oregon State Police as Michael August Convey, 66, committed suicide Friday afternoon by jumping off the Rex T. Barber Bridge, located on U.S. Highway 97, about 17 miles south of Madras.

On July 12, at about 2:49 p.m., the OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received information from Deschutes County 911 of a vehicle stopped on the bridge with its door open.

About six minutes later, an OSP trooper arrived on scene, and made contact with the man, who was described as "emotionally distraught." The man advised the trooper that he intended to commit suicide, and despite negotiations, the man jumped off the bridge.

The northbound lane of Highway 97 was closed for several hours while Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue and Jefferson County Search and Rescue recovered his body.