Work continues Saturday evening to remove car from Washington creek

Work continues Saturday evening to remove car from Washington creek

A search for a submerged vehicle in a Washington creek continues Saturday morning.

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – Search crews have installed a third pump to help retrieve a vehicle from Jack’s Creek in Washington.

They say after that, it should take about an hour to remove the car from the water.

Officials say the vehicle could be connected to the disappearance of three men more than 40 years ago.

It’s rear axle was recovered on Friday.

Crews Saturday evening are getting closer to pulling a vehicle from an eastern Carolina creek

Crews Saturday evening are getting closer to pulling a vehicle from an eastern Carolina creek

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A search for a submerged vehicle in a Washington creek continues Saturday morning.

Officials say the vehicle could be connected to the disappearance of three men more than 40 years ago.

Search crews Friday afternoon recovered the rear axle of a vehicle from Jack’s Creek and are pumping water out to get better access to what’s left on the creek bed.

Washington Police Chief Phil Rollinson tells WITN that the Sidney Dive Team was searching the creek for a possible vehicle.

Rollinson didn’t want to share too many details about the situation but says they have been at the scene for some time.

Other agencies assisting at the scene include the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol.

City Manager Jonathan Russell says a YouTuber recently made the discovery of a possible vehicle in the water using a boogie board with sonar attached. Russell says the efforts Friday morning began around 10:30 a.m. and divers had trouble dealing with bad water quality.

Jason Souhrada tells WITN that he has been in touch with family members of three missing men from the early 1980s and that led him to design a sonar device that could check areas where boats couldn’t get to.

Souhrada says his images appear to show a vehicle upside down in about 11 feet of water that’s been there a long time.

This sonar image could show an upside down vehicle covered in mud on the bottom of the creek.

This sonar image could show an upside down vehicle covered in mud on the bottom of the creek.

The axle was brought up around 1:00 p.m. Friday before authorities decided to start pumping out water.

WITN’s Merit Morgan is at the scene. Stay with WITN as we bring updates on this developing story.

Dive team members in Jack's Creek Friday morning.

Dive team members in Jack’s Creek Friday morning.

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