Police: Suicide pact likely for Tappan Zee jumpers

Police say it was likely a suicide pact between a man and a woman that led them to jump off the Tappan Zee Bridge this morning.

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The New York State Police say a vehicle stopped on the southbound side of the bridge at mid-span around 9:15 a.m., just feet from an emergency phone.

Investigators say a man and woman got out, took off all their clothes and jumped approximately 100 feet into the Hudson River.

Employees of TDA Contractors, who were painting the bridge, spotted the two and pulled them out of the water.

Police say the woman, identified as 29-year-old Alfa Choice, died at the scene while her male companion, identified as 44-year-old Christopher Shears, remains in critical condition at Nyack Hospital.

A suicide note has not been recovered, and authorities do not know what made the pair jump off into the Hudson River.

For extended coverage of the fatal bridge jump, tune to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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