Vehicle found submerged at Dutch Gap was reported stolen

Vehicle found submerged at Dutch Gap was reported stolen

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Henrico investigators are trying to figure out when and how a stolen car ended up submerged in the James River near the Dutch Gap boat ramp.

Police got a call around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday about a car in the James River and a sheen of oil across the water.

The James River is in Henrico County, but the boat ramp is in Chesterfield, so crews from both departments went to work. Divers immediately began scouring the murky waters for the car.

By 9 a.m., Chesterfield Fire officials say they located the maroon Mazda, but it took roughly another 90 minutes before crews could pull it from the water.

No one was found inside the car.

When police ran the tags, they discovered the car was reported stolen from Henrico back in April. Now investigators are trying to figure out who stole the car, and how long it was in the James.

"It does appear that due to the mud volume inside the vehicle that it's been a significant period of time," said Lt. Peter Cimbal from Chesterfield Police.

Cimbal said crews used heavier equipment to pull the car out of the water because of the risk that the current would drag it down the river.

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