By Matt Goodman,
screen shot 2012 01 31 at 4 12 34 pm Body Found In Trinity May Be Man Who Jumped In During Chase

A body was found in the Trinity River under a bridge at Malloy Bridge Road on Jan. 31, 2012. (Credit: Google Maps)

FERRIS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County authorities suspect a body found in the Trinity River Tuesday morning may be a man who jumped in near the viaduct while eluding police during a chase on Jan. 9.

The body was found at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday in the river under the bridge at Malloy Bridge Road, a Dallas County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said. A person fishing called police about the body.

Deputies spent the morning recovering the body and are now awaiting results from the Medical Examiner to confirm the identity.

On Jan. 9, police pursued a burglary suspect who drove a grey pickup truck along the Trinity River Viaduct in South Dallas at a “high rate of speed.”

By the time officers located the man, he was standing near the water’s edge and jumped in as police moved toward him. Dallas Police spokesman Kevin Janse said an officer tried to reach for the man, but the suspect let go of a branch he was holding on to and disappeared into the current.

Dallas Fire Rescue crews searched until dusk that night and called off the search. Janse said at the time that authorities did not believe the man was in the river when the search was called off.

The Sheriff’s Department is awaiting autopsy results before releasing further information in the case.