Firefighters and police responded to a car submerged in the Columbia River near McQuarrie Street in East Trail on Tuesday morning. The Fire Rescue boat was dispatched in search of anyone from the submerged car. Police continue to investigate.

Mystery surrounds vehicle found submerged in river in East Trail

Police seek answers about submerged vehicle found in the Columbia River in East Trail

UPDATED 2:30 p.m.

Police have located the registered owner of a vehicle that was found submerged in the Columbia River this morning.

“The primary goal was to ensure everyone was safe,” explained Sgt. Darren Oelke. “We’ve located and spoke to the people we believe were in the vehicle and everybody is okay. But the accident portion is still under investigation.”

Officers will continue to investigate the incident such as who was driving during the incident, and what time the accident occurred.

*************************************************************************************

FIRST POSTED 11:30 a.m.

Mystery surrounds the circumstances behind a vehicle that was found partially submerged in the Columbia River early Tuesday morning.

Crews from Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue responded to the East Trail area at approximately 8 a.m. following a call from a person living on Daniel Street in West Trail, reporting they could see a car in the river.

The gold coloured Suzuki SUV appears to have gone over the bank near the intersection of Columbia Ave. and McQuarrie Street sometime during the night or early morning hours, though no witnesses have come forward.

Once first responders reached the scene, two divers were called to the site, says Fire Chief Terry Martin.

No occupants were in the vehicle, so the rescue boat was deployed to search along the river bank.

“We sent the boat down the river just in case there was someone on the shoreline but we didn’t find anyone,” noted Martin.

A tow truck hauled the car to street level around 10 a.m. and the file is under investigation by the Trail RCMP.

The police know who the registered owner is, but by noon had not been able to locate the male or his female partner, both in their mid-30s.

Officers are familiar with the West Trail pair after responding to a disturbance call the previous evening, explained Sgt. Darren Oelke.

“At this point in time we haven’t been able to locate either one,” said Oelke. “It’s a big mystery at the moment. There’s so many questions and not enough answers right now.”

A few hours before the 911 call, someone walking by had noticed debris in the area, added Oelke. “We tend to believe that the vehicle went into the river before we spoke to the two people last night,” he said. “But we haven’t been able to confirm that 100 per cent.”

The vehicle was partially submerged and sustained damage from going over the bank, he confirmed, and the driver’s door was open.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Trail detachment at 364.2566 or call Crime Stoppers.

Just Posted

Surviving the holidays: seven tips for your mental wellness

Interior Health offers ways to cope with the encroaching holiday season

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share email editor@trailtimes.ca

Time to talk turkey

Five food safety tips for the holidays

What you see …

If you have a recent photo to share email it to editor@trailtimes.ca

Creston-area rail siding, site of 1910 disaster

Place Names: McNeillie Siding, Savalpee Port, Mud Landing, Nelway and more

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

Canucks score 3 power-play goals in 4-2 win over Oilers

Vancouver sniper Boeser has 6 goals in last 5 games

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

B.C. VIEWS: Andrew Wilkinson on taxes, ICBC and union changes

Opposition leader sees unpredictable year ahead in 2019

5 tips for self-care, mental wellness this holiday season

Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions urging British Columbians to prioritize self care through festive season

Most Read