Body identified Friday of man who jumped into the Arkansas River from the I-440 Bridge

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The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office received word from the State Crime lab on Friday afternoon that a body recovered the prior night in the Arkansas River was Malvine Lee of Little Rock, according to Lt. Carl Minden, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Department.

“Mr. Lee was the subject of an open missing person investigation by this agency,” Minden said. “The body was identified by dental records. At this point, foul play is not suspected.”

Lee was located on the bank of a back inlet at the East Damsite in Scott by two fishermen on Thursday.

On Dec. 12, 2013, at 1 a.m., deputies received a call from the Pulaski County Sheriff Office’s Communications personnel about a subject possibly having jumped into the Arkansas River from the I-440 Bridge.

The Sheriff’s Office was informed by Arkansas State Police that an abandoned vehicle was found on the bridge and the driver may have jumped into the river in an attempt to commit suicide.

Both Little Rock and North Little Rock Fire Departments had deployed boats in a rescue operation.

The vehicle found on the bridge was a 2011 Dodge Charger registered to Malvine and Monique Lee.

“Sgt. Mull (of the Arkansas State Police) added that he had made contact with Ms. Lee and she stated that her husband conveyed intent to leave the vehicle on top of this bridge and commit suicide by jumping into the River,” according to a report compiled by Sgt. Richard Jones of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. “Sgt. Mull stated that the vehicle had been left on the westbound side near the Little Rock end of the bridge.”

Upon arrival at the river, Jones made contact with personnel from both fire departments.

“I learned that they had searched their respective banks as well as the bridge abutments and surface in the vicinity of where the bridge,” Jones said. “This search met with negative results. Both fire departments were calling off search efforts until after daylight.”

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