2017-07-13 / Front Page

Dive team recovers car ditched in Reservoir


The dive team from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. pulled this older model Pontiac Grand Prix from the Holloway Reservoir on Saturday, July 1. 
Photos provided The dive team from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. pulled this older model Pontiac Grand Prix from the Holloway Reservoir on Saturday, July 1. Photos provided RICHFIELD TWP. — The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. dive team recovered a vehicle Saturday that had been ditched in the Holloway Reservoir.

Undersheriff Jeremy Howe said that Lapeer County Central Dispatch received a call at about 12:30 on Saturday, July 1, from a citizen using a sonar device while fishing.

As he passed the Walleye Pike Boat Launch in Richfield Township, the fisherman told police he noticed what appeared to be a vehicle in about 20 feet of water.

Officers soon determined the car was in part of the 2,000-acre body of water that is in Genesee County.

However, the Genesee County dive team could not assemble enough staff to respond due to the holiday weekend. As a result, the Lapeer team handled the call.

Howe said divers went down about 20 feet to get a cable around the axle of the vehicle that turned out to be an older model Pontiac Grand Prix that had been there for an extended period of time.

The car was treated as evidence until it was confirmed there were no bodies inside.

Howe said police investigated and determined the car to be connected to an insurance fraud case out of Vienna Township in Genesee County. Andrew Dietderich

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