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Vehicle in Missouri River Leaves More Questions than Answers

Elwood Police have confirmed a vehicle is still sitting at the bottom of the Missouri River after a suspect drove into the water late Sunday night.

Posted: May 3, 2018 8:28 AM
Updated: May 3, 2018 8:41 AM

(St.Joseph, MO) Elwood Police have confirmed a vehicle is still sitting at the bottom of the Missouri River after a suspect drove into the water late Sunday night.

At around 10:00 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the Missouri River where a vehicle was driven into the water near Elwood, Kansas.

Officers have one person of interest, but no arrests have been made.

The incident is still under investigation with the Doniphan County Sheriff’s Department.

Elwood Police Chief Larry Hunsaker said officers plan to have the vehicle removed from the river at some point Friday.

“We’re not real sure of what’s going on yet. We have to wait on the water patrol because they are the ones who go in and take it out. [They] hook it up for us so we can take it out, until they can come down we are kind of at a standstill,” Hunsaker said.

Information on Facebook is being circulated that the sunken vehicle is connected to an alleged kidnapping that occured the same evening, south of St. Joseph near Dearborn.

Mark Brock, Investigation Captain of the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department said the department will neither confirm nor deny the alleged kidnapping occurred at all.

Brock said the department will not comment on if the alleged kidnapping is related to the vehicle in the river. The incident is still under investigation with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department

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