Man Who Jumped from the Murray Baker Bridge Identified

May 18, 2018

The man who jumped to his death off the Murray Baker Bridge Thursday morning was Shawn Talbert of Peoria.


Peoria Fire and Rescue personnel and the Tazewell County Coroner recovered Shawn Talbert's remains Thursday about 11:00 a.m.
Credit Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The 27-year-old stopped his car on the Tazewell County side of the bridge at about 7:10 a.m. and jumped. Three westbound cars also crashed resulting in a pileup. The series of events caused significant traffic delays in both directions on Interstate-74.


The search for Talbert spanned more than three hours and involved ten state, local and maritime agencies.


The Tazewell County Coroner says preliminary autopsy results indicate that Talbert drowned. Toxicology results are pending.


The  Illinois State Police and Tazewell County Coroner’s Office continue to investigate.