21-Year-Old Dies Jumping Off Lake Siskiyou’s Wagon Creek Bridge

Photo by Stephen Leonardi

21-year-old Aurdie Murphy was killed on August 21 when he jumped off the Wagon Creek Bridge on Lake Siskiyou.

It was just before 7 pm when Murphy jumped into the water below the bridge and never resurfaced. The Siskiyou County Dive Team arrived at the scene to recover the body, but the search was stifled due to poor lighting. Murphy’s body was recovered the next day in 43 feet of water below the bridge.

In 2013, county ordinance banned jumping or swinging from the bridge, which sits on the north end of Lake Siskiyou below Mount Shasta. No Jumping signs are posted throughout the area, although to the untrained eye, the jump does not seem dangerous.

The cause of death is pending following a full autopsy and toxicology report.

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