Family pleads for return of missing Fort Myers man
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Fort Myers family is pleading for the return of their missing loved one after Lee County Sheriffs say he disappeared after jumping off a bridge earlier Sunday morning.
Lee County Sheriffs Office says that 23-year-old Jesse Ruth of Fort Myers was reported missing after he and two of his friends jumped off of the New Pass Bridge in Bonita Springs this morning.
LCSO says they received the call just after 6am. According to deputies, all three men jumped into the water but only two came out.
"Jesse if you're out there just come home. It's okay baby, it's okay," said an emotional Amy Palomino, sister to the missing man.
"He's a strong swimmer. I know he had to come up. He's done it before," said Palomino.
Deputies say emergency crews from throughout Southwest Florida responded to the call including LCSO aerial units, dive teams, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
The search efforts shutdown much of the surrounding area for the day.
"We were trying to come fishing and we seen the cops they had it all roped off and the yellow caution signs," said Sarah Sillett.
Most of the caution tape is gone and the area has since reopened. Lee County Sheriffs spent much of the day patrolling the area, going from boat to boat looking for information.
Meanwhile, dozens of family members gathered at home where Ruth lived, waiting and hoping for the best.
"If anyone knows anything, please just let us know anything please," said Palomino.