Oklahoma Highway Patrol pulls 1st car from Verdigris River, more than a dozen more expected

INOLA, Okla. – Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers pulled the first of what appears to be more than a dozen vehicles from the Verdigris River Wednesday.

Caked with mud and rust, what remained of a battered red Chevy pickup truck was retrieved from the McClellan-Kerr Navigation Channel near Inola Wednesday afternoon.

The effort marks the second day troopers dotted the banks looking into how approximately 19 vehicles found their way underwater after new sonar equipment led them to the find. 

"We don't know what we're looking at," OHP Capt. George Brown said Tuesday. "It may lead to solving a crime."

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Brown said Wednesday crews will continue to use a barge and other equipment to bring the vehicles, some of which are thought to be submerged in 20 feet of water, to the surface. Divers are marking the "target vehicles" with water buoys until they can be towed onto land.

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