Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Human remains found in submerged vehicle


Authoritie­s in Clarksvill­e discovered human skeletal remains in a vehicle found in the Arkansas River last week, according to a news release sent to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Monday.

Members of Clarksvill­e Police Department, Clarksvill­e Fire Department, and the Johnson County Coroner’s office began removing the contents of the vehicle that was buried in several feet of river sediment on April 27, the release states. The remains were located while the sediment was being removed and screened. They were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for positive identifica­tion.

The Clarksvill­e Police Department received a call from a local fisherman on April 26 in reference to locating a vehicle near the west boat ramp in Spadra Park, according to the release. Police met with the fisherman and viewed an image captured from his side imaging equipment that showed a sunken vehicle on the bottom of the river.

Clarksvill­e police then contacted the Johnson County Dive Team, who were able to locate the vehicle in about 5 feet of water. It was learned after the vehicle was recovered that it appeared to be a late 1990s model four-door Cadillac Sedan bearing a New Mexico license plate.

Clarksvill­e police learned after contacting New Mexico law enforcemen­t that although the vehicle was not reported stolen, its owner was reported missing in 2002.

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