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Search for Car in Mississippi River Suspended Due to Harsh Weather

Updated: 04/27/2014 10:13 PM
Created: 04/27/2014 9:42 AM KSTP.com
By: Beth McDonough

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office has suspended the search for a vehicle that plunged into the Mississippi River for Sunday night due to lightning and inclement weather conditions. 

A jogger noticed a vehicle travel down a steep bank and then sink into the river around 9 a.m. Sunday. There are fresh tracks in the area.

The wind, rain and a strong current were making it hard for crews searching the river. The river is running five times faster than normal. Authorities were also unable to use the Minnesota State Patrol helicopter to assist in the rescue.

It is unknown if anyone is in the vehicle, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. Detectives are going through missing person and stolen vehicle reports. They're also checking surveillance video from cameras around the river bank to see what they reveal.

Major Darrell Huggett of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said a buoy was placed in the approximate place where the car went under near a culvert. Investigators were using a boat towing a side-scanning sonar device to try to find the car. He says they opted not to send down divers until they find it because of the dangerous currents.

Search efforts are expected to resume Monday at 8 a.m.

A patrol boat was launched around 10 a.m. Sunday.
Photo: KSTP/Kate Renner
Photo: KSTP/Tom Durian

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