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Police Say Missing Man Never Jumped Into Water; Dorchester Search Called Off

Police say they confirmed the person has been to not have been in the water.

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A multi-agency water search was called off Friday after police learned that a man who was previously thought to have been missing after jumping off a bridge didn't jump in the water after all, troopers said.

Massachusetts state troopers and Boston police began a search at around 4:30 a.m. Friday for someone who jumped off the Beades Bridge on Morrissey Boulevard near Malibu Beach, according to a spokesperson with state police. A bridge operator had told authorities that two people had been jumping.

One was located, and the other was believed to be missing, police said.

In an update from Massachusetts State Police just after 7:30 a.m., a spokesperson from the agency said an investigation showed that only one man allegedly jumped into the ocean, and the second man "apparently thought better of it at the last second."

The man who had jumped into the ocean apparently swam to shore south of Malibu Beach and went to his job in Norwell. Once it was confirmed that he was, in fact, at work, all units cleared the search scene.

The men are both Dorchester residents, ages 24 and 34. A black 2008 Ford Crown Victoria believed to have been occupied by the two men earlier in the night was located on the shore nearby.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, state police said.

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