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Abandoned car on Van Stadens Bridge leads to discovery of body

A file photo of the Van Stadens Bridge before barriers was erected in 2013.

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SAPS has opened up an inquest docket following the discovery of a woman's body at the bottom of the van Stadens Bridge on the N2 between Gqeberha and Jeffreys Bay.

Thornhill police were alerted by a passerby just after 9 am who saw a white Nissa Tilda parked near the bridge with nobody inside.

The vehicle's hazards were also on. 

The woman travelled from the Gqeberha side and stopped towards the end of the bridge where the barriers stop.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Majola Nkohli says police arrived on the scene before 10 am and a search and rescue team was dispatched.

He says at about 1 pm the body of a 27-year-old woman was found floating in the water below.

The name of the woman is being withheld until she is positively identified by a family member.

A pedestrian barrier was erected in 2013 to make it harder for people to jump off the notorious bridge.

The Van Stadens Bridge was completed in 1971 and to date, nearly 100 people have jumped to their deaths.

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