CATSKILL — State police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person who was walking on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge early Wednesday morning, said Steven Nevel, public information officer for state police Troop F.

The fate of the person, who police think may be a man, is not known.

Police have released two pictures of the person that were taken about 3:30 a.m., as the man was walking west, on the north side of the bridge.

The Hudson River Skywalk is closed to pedestrian traffic between sunset and sunrise.

There were no sightings of the man after the images were taken and police are concerned for his well-being, Nevel said.

State police and Catskill police were called to the bridge Wednesday morning after they were notified by bridge authorities.

Police searched the entire area for hours, looking for the person who was captured on video.

The state police Marine Detail and Aviation Unit were both brought to Catskill. A search was conducted in areas under the bridge and land around the bridge. Units also searched the Hudson River, both north and south of the structure.

Nobody was found in the search, Nevel said.

“We’re just concerned for this person; we want to make sure they are all right,”Nevel said.

Anyone with information on the person is asked to call state police at 518-622-8600.

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