Authorities searching for witnesses in Stemley Bridge jumper case
by David Atchison
Jan 16, 2014 | 11014 views |  0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tywone Caldwell, 25, of Talladega County allegedly jumped from the Stemley Bridge during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 11.
Bob Crisp/The Daily Home

Tywone Caldwell, 25, of Talladega County allegedly jumped from the Stemley Bridge during the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 11.
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Tywone Caldwell
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LOGAN MARTIN LAKE - The search for a man who allegedly jumped from Stemley Bridge last Saturday morning continues on Logan Martin Lake, while authorities are also searching for possible new witnesses in the case.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Cary Ward said authorities are searching for the driver of a vehicle who was allegedly traveling toward Pell City from Talladega County at the time of the incident.

He said that according to a witness, the oncoming driver possibly blinked his headlights while approaching the vehicle that Tywone Caldwell, 25, of Talladega County allegedly jumped from and into Logan Martin Lake.

Ward said the alleged incident happened at about 5:40 a.m. Saturday.

Emergency workers from six counties have searched Logan Martin Lake near the Stemley Bridge which joins St. Clair and Talladega counties on Alabama 34.

A massive search for the missing man continued through Tuesday, when authorities had to cut back the number of searchers, which included divers.

Cadaver dogs were also brought to the scene in hopes of locating Caldwell’s body.

“We had about 10 boats and about 50 people searching Tuesday,” St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said.

He said there were air and top water searches as far away as about a half-mile below the bridge, but searchers did not find any signs of the victim.

“We are doing all we can do,” Surles said Tuesday. “It is just sad. I feel for the family.”

Ward said rescue workers are still on the lake searching for Caldwell’s body.

“Our boat is on the water looking for any possible signs of him,” Ward said Thursday.

He said Alabama Marine Police are also assisting in the investigation and search.

Ward said Caldwell is described as a 6 foot 1 inch black male. He was last seen wearing white pants, a white shirt and tennis shoes.

Ward said anyone with information about the incident or the victim should contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department at 205-884-6840.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.