BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - Rescue crews began pulling a a car from the Kalamazoo River west of Washington Street late Sunday afternoon.
First indications from the scene were that no body was found with the vehicle, which was pulled to the south bank of the river about 6:30 p.m.
The scene is where searchers spent at least three days trying to find a 2017 Kia seen veering off Dickman Road at Capital Avenue and into the river early March 4.
The city of Battle Creek announced the recovery effort, saying a fisherman had spotted part of the car in the water earlier in the afternoon near the confluence of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers.
The search began after a motorist saw the car crash through a fence and into the concrete channel of the river. Police were called about the crash at 4:44 a.m.
On Thursday, police released video of a car, its headlights and taillights still illuminated, floating backwards down the river. The video was from surveillance cameras at Treehouse Foods, the former Ralston plant at 150 W. McCamly St.
Investigators believe the car was driven by Cortez Lewis, 31, of Detroit, who also spent time in Battle Creek. His girlfriend rented the car and family members have been watching the search. He is described at 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
The search was concentrated for three days in the channel and at the confluence of the two rivers, where the water was about 20 feet deep. Beginning Tuesday officials expanded the search downstream and used boats with sonar, but again could not find the car. The Civil Air Patrol flew up and down the river on Thursday but no evidence of a car in the water was seen.
Battle Creek Enquirer