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Search For Vehicle In River Near Point Pleasant To Resume Thursday

Reported: Apr. 15, 2014 2:07 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 6:40 PM EDT
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POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox, Jeff Morris, Dave Benton) -- Emergency crews will resume the search Thursday morning in the Ohio River for a vehicle that reportedly plunged into the water near Point Pleasant.

Windy conditions and the murky water were making it difficult to conduct the search Tuesday.

Boats and a dive team were called to the area to search after a tugboat operator reported seeing a vehicle go into the river about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Police don't believe anyone was in the car when it apparently plunged into the water. Local residents are hoping for the best outcome.

"I hope they find the car and it's empty and whoever was in it was safe," Cheryl Whitt of Point Pleasant said.

Police said there was a report of a stolen silver sport utility vehicle, but it's not confirmed whether it's the same vehicle spotted in the river.

Christina Brock lives in Point Pleasant and said she heard about the missing SUV.

"It was funny we already heard the story about the lady getting her vehicle stolen. Then, we heard about the one in the river and wondered if it was the same one or not," Brock said.

Crews will resume the search at 9 a.m. Thursday with a special dive team and equipment.




POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (Darrah Wilcox, Jeff Morris) -- Emergency crews are searching the Ohio River after a tugboat operator spotted a vehicle go into the river near Point Pleasant.

The call about the vehicle was received about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Emergency crews reported finding a large object in the water, and a dive team is scheduled to investigate. It was unclear whether anyone was inside the vehicle when it apparently went into the river.

The U.S. Coast Guard and the Gallia County Fire Department have had boats searching the river.

Eyewitness News has a crew at the scene. Stay tuned for updates.



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