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WEST SENECA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a shoplifting suspect remains missing after he jumped off a Buffalo-area bridge while being questioned by police.

Police in the town of West Seneca tell local media outlets that an officer was questioning the man Monday on the Harlem Road bridge when he removed his backpack and jumped 30 feet into Buffalo Creek.

The officer says he didn't see the man resurface after hitting the water. Emergency crews searched the creek for several hours but found no sign of him. Officials say the creek isn't very deep and the man may have slipped away.

Authorities say the man had told the officer that his backpack contained beer and cookies he had stolen from a nearby supermarket.

Police say they don't plan to resume searching the creek Tuesday morning.

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