Vehicle located at bottom of Mississippi near Marquette

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This vehicle was first spotted by a fisherman using side imaging sonar in August. It cannot be recovered at this time, though arrangements for a dive have been made for 2018.

Officials from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department and the La Crosse County Dive Unit located a vehicle at the bottom of the Mississippi River near Marquette, following a tip from a local fisherman. (Submitted photos)

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a report on Aug. 17, of a vehicle discovered in the Mississippi River near Marquette. The information was reported by a local fisherman who was using new side imaging sonar and discovered what appears to be at least one vehicle on the bottom of the west channel of the river.

On Nov. 2, the sheriff’s office enlisted the assistance of the La Crosse County Dive Unit and conducted a successful dive, locating the vehicle. Water clarity, depth and swift current prohibited a thorough processing of the vehicle. The vehicle could not be recovered and arrangements are being made for a 2018 dive.

Specifics on how, when or why the vehicle ended up in the river are unknown. The sheriff’s office is releasing this information to enlist the assistance of the public in gathering information to unanswered questions. If you have information, contact the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office at (563) 245-2422.

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