The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department is trying to locate the owner of a vehicle that was pulled from the Mississippi River on Sunday.
The sheriff’s office worked with several other local agencies to pull what appears to be a 1980s-type Chevrolet Suburban from about 50 yards off the shore in the area of Ninth Street in Buffalo City. According to a press release, the sheriff’s office and other agencies had been receiving reports of a large object noticed in the area which was submerged in more than 10 feet of water.
WABASHA, Minn. — A human leg — from femur to foot with the shoe still on — was found Saturday afternoon in the Mississippi River.
Side sonar and other means of underwater video had been tried with no definitive success in identifying the object prior to reaching out to a dive team. On Sunday, Jackson County Dive and Rescue, along with assistance from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Alma Fire Department, Durand Fire Department and Snappers Towing and Salvage went to work on recovering the object, according to the release.
Despite visibility of about 6 inches, divers were able to locate the vehicle and tie off a hook for the wrecker to wench the object out of the water, the release said. The vehicle was badly corroded, and there were no identifying marks or items in the initial inspection of the interior or exterior.
The press release said it is believe the vehicle has been in the river for at least 10 years or longer.
Anyone with information that could be helpful to locate the owner can call the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office at 608-685-4433 and speak to investigator Mike Osmond.