SUV recovered from Brazos River, driver not found


Waco police and fire departments report no one was found in the river following the discovery of a partially submerged SUV shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday

Waco police spokesman Patrick Swanton says no contact had been made with the owner of the grey Buick Enclave and all units had cleared the scene by 5:10 a.m.

The vehicle was towed to the impound lot for storage as the investigation continues.

The fire department report indicates they got the call at 3:17 a.m. about the vehicle in the water near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and University Parks Drive.

In addition to ground units, a fire department boat was also sent to the scene.

The fire report says the vehicle only had the front end submerged at the bottom of a steep bank, was upright and only had some damage to the front end.

The driver side door was open, but no driver or occupant could be located.

The fire department boat arrived on the scene and began searching the water in the area of the vehicle using sidescan sonar to search underwater.

When police arrived they found a purse or wallet in the vehicle containing identification, but police attempts to contact anyone at the address on the ID turned up no one.

Rescue personnel in the boat then searched the area downstream of of where the vehicle was found and turned up nothing.

After the vehicle was towed, police and fire units suspended the search.

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