Witnesses say a woman stopped her vehicle on the shoulder of Interstate 94 at the St. Croix River bridge, left her 11-year-old daughter inside, climbed over the railing and jumped to her death just before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The 48-year-old Pierce County, Wis., woman's body was recovered from the ice-covered river by the use of an air boat. Her identity is being withheld until her relatives can be notified, according to a press release fromt the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office.
The 11-year-old girl is now in the care of other family members.
The incident remains under investigation.
Law enforcement and rescue personnel from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, Hudson Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire and EMS Service responded to the scene.