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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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No body found at Card Sound bridge

A slew of federal, state and local emergency response crews spent the afternoon looking for a man wanted by Miami-Dade police on suspicion of sexual battery who may have jumped from the Card Sound Bridge early Monday morning.

The search for James Dzadura, 38, of Homestead, started after a 1 a.m. text to a relative stating he was at the Card Sound Bridge with a 40-pound weight tied to him and he was going to jump.

When the Sheriff's Office responded to the bridge just before 1 a.m., Deputy Tim Hunsberger and Sgt. Syd Whitehouse found a minivan belonging to Dzadura parked at the bridge with the keys in the ignition but there were no signs of Dzadura.

A wallet, a 40 pound dumbbell weight, and other items were inside the unlocked vehicle. Miami-Dade police detectives also responded. When they walked the bridge, they found a cell phone belonging to Dzadura on the railing of the bridge about halfway up the east side.

Crews from the Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Key Largo Fire Rescue, Ocean Reef Public Safety as well as the sheriff's office and Miami-Dade detectives all took part in the search.

The search was called off around 3:30 a.m., but resumed at first light.

The Coast Guard discontinued its search at 2:19 p.m., LTJG Max Franco said Monday night.

A helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Miami also took part in the search as did a vessel from the Station Islamorada Coast Guard , Franco said.

FWC officer Bobby Dube said his crew assisted the sheriff's office divers, who stopped searching shortly before 4 p.m. after spending hours in the water searching for the body or any clues to the whereabouts of Dzadura.

"The water is about 20 feet deep at the center span of the bridge," Dube said.

Both FWC and the Coast Guard said there are no plans to resume the search unless new information is received.

Staff writer Adam Linhardt contributed to this report.


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