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Royal Gorge Bridge.

CANON CITY, Colo. — A 42-year-old Boulder man committed suicide Saturday after jumping off the 956-foot-high Royal Gorge Bridge, Fremont County authorities said.

The man was identified Monday by the Fremont County Coroner’s Office as Marcel Staehelin.

Cañon City police say they received a call saying Staehelin had posted a suicide note on his Facebook page saying he was going to jump off the bridge.

A few minutes later, officials from the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park called police to report a number of visitors had seen the man jump from the bridge.

“Officers from the Cañon City Police Department were able to locate a body near the bottom of the canyon,” police said in a news release.

“Officers did descend into the gorge and did verify that the body was a deceased male and the clothing matched what witnesses had reported seeing on the jumper.”

The popular bridge west of Cañon City spans 1,270 feet across the Arkansas River and is 18 feet wide.