A 60-year-old woman from San Jose jumped off a Hoover Dam bridge over the weekend and fell nearly 900 feet to her death, authorities said Tuesday.

It's unclear why Patricia Ann Oakley was in Nevada, but the Clark County coroner in Las Vegas has ruled the death a suicide.

The coroner's office, which released her identity Tuesday, said Oakley leaped from the Highway 93 bypass over the dam, called the Michael O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, at 12:35 a.m. on Sunday.

The Associated Press said her body was recovered in the Colorado River below after police were unable to persuade Oakley to come down. It was the first known suicide at the roadway since it opened in October 2010 as the second-highest bridge in the nation.

Contact Mike Rosenberg at 408-920-5705.



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