UPDATE: Sheriff Confirms Name of Area Mom Who Jumped From I-94 Bridge

Witnesses say the 48-year-old River Falls mom stopped her vehicle on the shoulder of the bridge Thursday morning, left her 11-year-old daughter inside, climbed over the railing and jumped to her death on the frozen St. Croix River.

UPDATE (9:15 a.m., Dec. 28, 2012): St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts confirmed Friday morning the name of the Pierce County woman who jumped off the I-94 bridge to her death onto the frozen St. Croix River on Thursday after leaving her young daughter in the car.

Molly Crumley, 48, of River Falls, pulled onto the shoulder of eastbound I-94 on the St. Croix River bridge, exited her vehicle, climbed over the railing and jumped to her death at about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27.

O'Connell Family Funeral Home took initial custody of Crumley’s body after recovery crews retrieved it from the river. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Please express your condolences, prayers and wishes for the family in the comments of this post or on Crumley's page on the funeral home’s website.



ORIGINAL POST (11:29 a.m., Dec. 27, 2012): 

Witnesses say a woman stopped her vehicle on the shoulder of I-94 on the St. Croix River bridge, left her 11-year-old daughter inside, climbed over the railing and jumped to her death just before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Law enforcement and rescue personnel from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, Hudson Police Department, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire and EMS Service responded to the scene, according to a press release from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office.

The 48-year-old Pierce County woman's body was recovered on the ice-covered river by the use of an air boat. Her identity is being withheld until relatives are notified, according to the release. Her 11-year-old girl is now with other family members. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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Cheryl McCarten December 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
This is so sad...
yomammy December 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
melissa moore December 27, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I pray for that little girl, and family.
Aquitter December 27, 2012 at 09:25 PM
So sick and sad at the same time!!! Don't understand why people do this especially when they leave their child in their vehicle cause now she is going to be traumatized for the rest of her life.
tony gallo December 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM
God bless her family
Brenda Weber December 28, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Depression obviously! God help those realize they struggle with this sickness, and bless the families that can take the time to guide them to seek help!
Mary Yunker December 28, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Her poor daughter has to live with this image for the rest of her life so unfair hope she gets the help she needs and has a strong family to support her
Celeste Koeberl December 28, 2012 at 04:37 PM
You can find helpful resources at "Families for Depression Awareness" (http://www.familyaware.org)
Kevin Kubera December 28, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Molly will be missed in our community; she was a vibrant person with many good qualities. Hopefully she is in the Lord's hands now. I hope her daughter is able to get the help she will surely need after seeing this happen. May God bless her and keep her safe.
Jill December 28, 2012 at 07:59 PM
My thoughts and prayers to the family and especially her daughter. I lost my mother to suicide as an adult I cannot even fathom what this poor little girl is going through. God be with you.
Gayle Schneider December 28, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I didn't know you long Molly, but I liked you. May God wrap His loving arms around your daughter and keep her tightly in His care. God Bless this family
mikki morin December 29, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Molly, when I think of you ..i remember so many fun..times..tubing down the river..swimming in your parents pool...and your giving heart 4th of julys....st. paul days...vacations in arizona...You will be missed.. I am so sorry you were at a loss...i love you girlfriend.. God BLESS the family!
Michele Halverson December 29, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Molly was a Beautiful person. She babysat our kids years ago, and she was very caring and loving to our children. I am shocked about this, and hope she is at peace with her heavenly father.
Amy Brott December 30, 2012 at 06:01 PM
she did not gave a good reason to do it she shouldnt have done it anyway
Renee January 01, 2013 at 04:06 PM
It's called mental illness and it is horribly sad what happened.


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