Jan 17, 2014 3:38 PM by Associated Press

Arizona family mourns Hoover bypass bridge suicide

LAS VEGAS - Relatives of a 42-year-old Phoenix woman who jumped to her death from the Hoover Dam bypass bridge are calling for stronger safety measures to deter suicides at the span 30 miles east of Las Vegas.

A statement from Heather Price Papayoti's sister-in-law, Maria Papayoti, says family members want to avoid "future tragic occurrences" at the O'Callaghan-Tillman Memorial Bridge.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Heather Price Papayoti left a Jan. 10 counseling meeting and took a taxi some 280 miles to the bridge on the Arizona-Nevada state line.

A Boulder City woman snapped a photo of Papayoti moments before she apparently climbed over a sidewalk railing and plunged almost 900 feet to the Colorado River.

The newspaper calls it the seventh suicide since the bridge opened in October 2010.

Francesca Bosco, a Boulder City resident, was on the bridge just before Papayoti leaped to her death. She captured some of the final moments of Papayoti's life while taking sunset pictures between 4:50 and 5 p.m.

The photo shows a woman with long wavy hair and dressed in black peering over the railing with her arms folded. The woman was later identified as Papayoti.


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