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Submerged vehicle in Mississippi River recovered three years later

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Submerged vehicle recovered after three years
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Submerged vehicle recovered after three years
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Submerged vehicle recovered after three years

MARQUETTE, Iowa (KWWL) - A long-submerged vehicle has been unearthed from the depths of the Mississippi River in Marquette.

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office along with the Mar-Mac Police Department were able to successfully recover the vehicle from the west channel of the river near the Marquette City boat ramp.

The vehicle was first discovered by a local fisherman in 2017. It had initially been examined by the Lacrosse County Dive Unit in November of the same year.

Over the three years since, river stage levels and environmental restrictions have prevented further attempts. Now, with low and stable conditions, crews were able to coordinate a recovery.

Authorities in the area worked with the Delhi Fire Department Dive Team and Tegeler Wrecker & Crane to complete the operation.

The successful recover identified a yellow 1985 Lincoln Town car, last registered in 2007 through Wisconsin. Processing at the scene did not reveal any suspicious items inside the vehicle.

However, the investigation does remain open at this time in an effort to determine how and why the vehicle was there.

Assisting on scene were McGregor Fire Department and Mar-Mac EMS.    

Meg Swanson

News Content Producer

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