by NATHANIEL NELSON
After more than a decade underwater, a 1980s Chevrolet Suburban was pulled out of the Mississippi River in Buffalo City last weekend.
According to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, deputies worked with the Tri-Community Fire Department to set up a recovery operation of a large unknown object in the Mississippi River at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. Reports had been received for the month prior about the object, but due to high water levels and issues with scheduling a dive team, the operation was delayed until Sunday.
Divers were reportedly able to locate the object and tie on a hook for it to be winched out of the water. Investigators were able to positively identify the object as an automobile. After securing the line to the wrecker, the car was pulled out and found to be badly corroded. According to the reports, the vehicle is believed to have been underwater for 10 years or more.
There were no identifying marks inside or outside the vehicle.
Jackson County Dive and Rescue team, the Wisconsin DNR, Alma Fire, Duran Fire and Snappers Towing and Salvage were all involved in the operation.
The investigation is still ongoing, with officials trying to track down the vehicle’s owner. Anyone with information may call the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office at 608-685-4433 and ask to speak to Investigator Mike Osmond.