Credit: John Clarke Russ

Police responded Friday morning to a report of someone jumping from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge on Route 1 between the towns of Verona Island and Prospect.

It is not clear when the incident occurred or whether the person has been recovered. Officials with Marine Patrol and the sheriff’s departments in Hancock and Waldo counties directed inquiries to Maine State Police, which did not respond to messages Friday morning.

Both the Republican Journal weekly newspaper and Downeast Emergency Medical Institute indicated on their Facebook pages that emergency crews were called to respond to the possible death. The Ellsworth American newspaper reported that an unspecified “incident” was causing traffic to back up on the eastern side of the bridge.

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An earlier version of this story listed an incorrect town in describing the location of the bridge. 

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....