Body found in Allegheny River near Tarentum Bridge


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A body pulled from the Allegheny River Friday evening is believed to be that of a man who leaped from the Tarentum Bridge the night before.

During the efforts to find Michael Swiklinski, 43, of Harrison, investigators quickly realized it would become a recovery effort instead of a rescue.

The body was found after about six hours of scuba divers making multiple descents into the river and searches led by police boats equipped with cadaver dogs and sonar.

According to court documents, Mr. Swiklinski was charged about two weeks ago in the beating of his former girlfriend, Tina Slomkoski, whom he is accused of punching and biting. The 42-year-old woman later filed for a protection from abuse order to keep him away from her.

Early Wednesday, Ms. Slomkoski’s mobile home on Pleasant Avenue in Harrison exploded, leaving her with severe burns and other injuries.

Allgheny County Emergency Services Chief Alvin Henderson said the investigation of the blast was ongoing. Authorities wouldn’t comment Friday about whether they were investigating Mr. Swiklinski in relation to the explosion.

Ms. Slomkoski was said to have suffered burns over at least 25 percent of her body. UPMC Mercy officials would not release her condition Friday.

Robert Drotz, 62, was falcon-watching late Thursday when he saw a man, presumably Mr. Swiklinski, falling from the bridge.

“[He] came down and landed flat, laid out. It happened so fast.”


Michael Majchrowicz: mmajchrowicz@post-gazette.com or on Twitter @mjmajchrowicz.

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