Police: Video shows missing St. Cloud student may have fallen off railroad bridge

Jesse Dady went missing early Saturday.
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Surveillance video shows the missing St. Cloud State University student walked onto a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River the night he went missing.

Jesse Dady, 21, was last seen early Saturday in downtown St. Cloud, and police have been searching the river and asking for the public's help in finding him.

In an update Wednesday afternoon, St. Cloud police said additional surveillance video "clearly shows" Dady walking across the railroad bridge over the river. Additional video, which is poor quality, indicates that about one-third of the way across the bridge Dady may have fallen.

Police say Dady was always alone on the bridge, and added that the railroad bridge is not made for pedestrians – it has no rails and is "difficult and dangerous to walk on."

Investigators searched the river Monday and Tuesday, but results of the water search efforts "were inconclusive," police said. "Due to water currents, water visibility, and general river debris, these searches are both dangerous and difficult and often do not lead to underwater recoveries."

There's no water search planned for Wednesday, but could resume Thursday. Police say "general surface water searches" will be ongoing in the coming days as needed.

Officials reiterated that no foul play is suspected in Dady's disappearance, citing the "totality of the surveillance video and all other information obtained throughout this investigation."

The vehicle seen in the same area

Earlier this week, police said they wanted to speak to the driver of a sedan – possibly a 2007 to 2012 Mitsubishi Gallant – who was seen in the same area where Dady went missing that night because they may have seen where he went.

Police said Wednesday that based on new information of Dady's whereabouts, it's less likely that driver saw anything. But they still wanted to talk to the potential witness to make sure they didn't have any information that could help in the investigation.

Police said later Wednesday evening that they contacted the driver; however, his presence appears to be unrelated to this investigation.

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