PEKIN — A 27-year-old man drowned Thursday after he jumped from the Murray Baker Bridge between Peoria and East Peoria, according to a news release.
Shawn R. Talbert was pronounced dead shortly before 11 a.m. in Peoria. The release Tazewell County Coroner Brian Foley issued Friday stated Talbert's name and cause of death.
The release did not state Talbert's age or hometown. But a death notice the Journal Star received Friday stated Talbert was from Peoria. A coroner's-office employee confirmed his age.
An autopsy was performed Friday morning. Toxicology results are pending.
Authorities were continuing to investigate the incident, which took place about 7:15 a.m. on the westbound lanes of the bridge that carries Interstate 74 over the Illinois River.
According to multiple accounts, Talbert parked his vehicle on the bridge in the midst of rush-hour traffic. He then left the vehicle and jumped from the north side of the westbound span.
After almost three hours of searching the river, Peoria Fire Department divers recovered Talbert's body and brought it to their dock at the foot of Main Street. Talbert leaped from the Tazewell County end of the bridge.
Traffic on the bridge in both directions was snarled for more than an hour.
A multiple-vehicle accident resulted from Talbert's vehicle being stopped in the westbound lanes. As of Friday afternoon, the Illinois State Police had provided no new information regarding that accident, including identities of drivers and makes and models of vehicles.