Sheriff's Office Releases More Info On Recovered Lake Car

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday, that the second vehicle recovered from Lake Shawnee on Tuesday, October 4th is a 1987 Cadillac Sedan De Ville.

The vehicle was reported stolen on August 7,1994 to the Topeka Police Department. The car will be turned over to the Police Department following the investigation. The preliminary investigation indicated nothing of evidentiary value was found.

Authorities pulled two vehicles from Lake Shawnee Tuesday.

The vehicles were found by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks workers while they were training a new employee on how to use the sonar equipment.

The first car, a Chevrolet Camaro, was pulled out of the water around 1 p.m. Officials said it may have been underwater for nearly 20 years. It was located about 50 yards offshore from the dam in about 30 feet of water.

The second vehicle, a Cadillac, was pulled to the surface from an area near the Yacht Club around 4 pm.

A car pulled from the lake in June 2010 contained the body of a Milwaukee man. Ahead of Tuesday's dive, officials said there was nothing to indicate anything suspicious inside the vehicles. However, they said they couldn't know how the cars ended up in the lake without bringing them to the surface. Possibilities include that the cars were stolen, were driven down the embankments or fell through the ice.

The dive team from Overland Park along with the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, AMR ambulance, Park Police, Wildlife and Parks and Brown's Towing all took part in Tuesday's recovery operation.


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