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Person found in vehicle submerged in St. Joseph River in Elkhart

NOW: Person found in vehicle submerged in St. Joseph River in Elkhart


The man who was pulled from a vehicle submerged in the St. Joseph River in Elkhart has died, according to Elkhart Police.

Elkhart Police and Elkhart Fire responded to McNaughton Park Monday morning after someone called in about a vehicle in the water around 9:40 a.m.

"We were able to locate the [vehicle in the] river, but at that time it was completely submerged and rescue efforts went in," Sergeant Snyder said.

The vehicle was in the water just west of the boat launch.

Dive teams and a tow truck worked together to pull the vehicle from the water.

A 47-year-old man was pulled from the vehicle and paramedics started cold water resuscitation.

He was transported to Elkhart General Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

Elkhart Police do not suspect foul play.

"There were no tracks in the mud, dirt or anything that indicated where it went in other than possibly one of the boat ramps," Sergeant Chris Snyder of the Elkhart Police Department said.

Evidence techs responded to the scene to collect evidence to piece together what happened.

"Anything that comes out of the car we want to gather. We want to know if there were alcohol containers, literature, notes anything like that," Sergeant Snyder said.

Elkhart Police, Elkhart Fire, the Coroner's Office and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources all responded to the scene.

This story was originally reported by The Elkhart Truth.

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