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WEST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa.–Police are investigating a possible suicide after witnesses say a 20-year-old man jumped off of the Route 30 bridge between Lancaster and York counties and into the Susquehanna River around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to police reports.

Numerous witnesses called 911 after spotting a vehicle heading west on Route 30 stop on the bridge. They reported the driver, who police have identified as Benjamin Jose Nogueras, got out of the vehicle and dove over the side of the bridge into the Susquehanna River.

Emergency crews checked the shoreline as boats scoured the river searching for Nogueras, of Lancaster city, for approximately 2 hours on Thursday night. Search efforts were unsuccessful, police said.

Investigators have been in contact with Nogueras’ family who confirm the abandoned vehicle that was found on the bridge would have been operated by the victim. Family members also said Nogueras may have been distraught.

Police say attempts to contact Nogueras by phone have gone unanswered.

Right now, authorities are talking with River Rescue command from Columbia Borough to discuss the possibility of resuming the search on Friday.  Police say this may not be likely due to water temperatures being so cold, making the odds of spotting the victim highly unlikely .  Investigators have been in contact with Pennsylvania State Police Aviation in an attempt to do a shoreline and water search by air.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call West Hempfield Township Police Department at 717-285-5191 or 1-800-957-2677.