Columbia Basin Dive Rescue and other emergency responders came to the scene along with West Richland Police, but they also got credible reports from witnesses that somebody deliberately rolled or drove the vehicle out into the water.
Thursday afternoon, WRPD posted notices, including on social media, that read in part:
"If your driving into West Richland and happen to observe the partially submerged vehicle in the river please DO NOT call dispatch. We are aware of the situation. Due to the location of the vehicle it will likely remain in the river for a few weeks, but arrangements have been made to have it removed.
Thank you all for your concern and for being our eyes!"
So, now we wait until they can get it out, especially when the water begins to recede after snow runoff. Might not be much of it left internally after that.
No word if anyone knows whose it is.
UPDATE---Late Thursday, Richland Police confirmed the SUV was deliberately rolled into the river. RPD said online: "evidence inside the vehicle confirmed the vehicle was intentionally dumped in the river."
However, no further details about that evidence or the suspect(s) were revealed.
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