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Saturday, January 28, 2012

[VA] Officer's wife, Gail Ann Epps Winston, is said to have jumped into the river.

On January 15th Gail Ann Epps Winston, wife of a Virginia Beach police officer, was found in the North Carolina Perquimans River.

A day earlier police say that a driver reported seeing a woman jump into the river from the U.S. Highway 17 bridge's guard rail - "falling about 50 feet into water that is approximately 8 feet deep." A car registered to her husband was at the foot of the bridge.

Gail's family described her to searchers as an African American female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, short hair, wearing a black top, burgundy pants, and white sneakers. "Several agencies helped with the two day search including the Perquimans Sheriff’s Office, EMS, the water rescue team, Hertford Police, the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and the Sidney Dive Team from Beaufort County."

Gail was from Clarksdale, Mississippi and currently lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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    The Daily Advance
    The Perquimans Weekly
    By Cathy Wilson
    Saturday, January 21, 2012
    [Excerpts] ...With a stiff cold wind blowing directly into my face, I stood with local officials on top of the Hwy. 17 high-rise bridge Sunday as our volunteers tried to recover the body of a Virginia Beach woman who jumped from the bridge into the Perquimans River on Saturday...While my heart ached for the desperation that woman must have felt to cause her to take that leap, and for the sadness her family is now experiencing, I also felt a sense of pride in those who responded to help... [Full article here]


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