Body found matches missing man who jumped, police say


EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Two brothers missing after jumping off a bridge made popular by the 1975 movie “Jaws” are believed to be dead, state police said after a second body was found in the area.

The body found on Thursday matches the description of 21-year-old Tavaughn Bulgin, whom rescuers had been looking for since he and his brother disappeared on Sunday evening. The couple jumped off the American Legion Memorial Bridge.

The body of the first brother, Tavaris Bulgin, 26, was recovered on Monday.

Massachusetts State Police told USA TODAY the brothers were originally from Jamaica and worked as seasonal employees at a restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard.

Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, a fisherman reported finding the body of an adult male along a body of water on the north side of the popular island of Martha’s Vineyard, the police spokesman said. State, David Procopio, in a statement.

Four people jumped off the bridge Sunday night, and two were rescued by firefighters after someone called 911, according to Adam Sansoucie, director of operations for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The “Jaws Bridge”, officially titled the American Legion Memorial Bridge, is located on the waterfront of Martha’s Vineyard. It connects Edgartown, Massachusetts and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, two seaside towns in Martha’s Vineyard.

It is illegal to jump off the bridge, Sansoucie said.

Jumping off the bridge is a popular pastime for young people and people visiting the vineyard, State Police spokesman Procopio said in an Aug. 16 statement.

In the 1975 horror film “Jaws” there is a scene where characters run across the deck and stare horribly into the water as a shark approaches the playing children. The bridge is also in the background of other famous scenes in the film.

Contributor: Ella Adams, Cape Cod Times; Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY.

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