SPRINGDALE (KDKA) – Dive crews and investigators were called to Springdale Wednesday after a fisherman scanning the waters of the Allegheny River discovered a vehicle submerged underwater.
According to emergency officials, the initial call came in just after noon.
However, the fisherman spotted the vehicle last night while using his sonar equipment.
“I was running my sonar here last night, just checking the area out, and I found a car underwater,” said the fisherman Derek Schindler. “It looked like it was lying upside down.”
Dive teams from Murrysville and Monroeville arrived at the scene around 1 p.m.
While working to pull the car from the water, crews put up tarps, but the frame of the car snapped and it fell back into the water.
But, around 5:15 p.m., crews managed to pull the vehicle from the water.
Authorities don’t believe any human remains were in the vehicle, which is either a Cadillac or Oldsmobile.
They did find a shirt and wallet inside.
“Initially, we found a shirt tangled into the car with a wallet, which turned out to be, the wallet was unrelated, and the shirt might have just got snagged in there,” said Springdale Borough Police Chief Chief Derek Dayoub said.
Officials say the wallet belonged to a man from Allison Park. They contacted him, and he said he dropped it in the water about a year ago when he was getting onto a vote.
Authorities are now using the VIN number of the vehicle to try and track down where it came from and how it ended up in the water.