Missouri River current to dangerous to send in divers to check vehicle submerged on Monday

A release on October 18th says that multiple agencies are working together exploring options available to investigate what is believed to be the vehicle that went into the Missouri River on Monday, October 16th near Larsen Park Road and Floyd Boulevard. Authorities say the area an object was identified by sonar has current too strong, making it too dangerous to send divers in at this time.

Sonar images captured by Siouxland Scanner on Tuesday evening with the assistance of Aaron Post shows what appears to be a car about 20 feet down and a few hundred yard from where witnesses say the vehicle went in and about a hundred yards from witness photo showing the rear end of the car still above water with the majority of the front end submerged.

Sioux City Police Department has had no reports of missing persons matching the vehicle description. They ask that anyone who may have information of missing persons matching the vehicle description to contact Sioux City Police at 712-279-6960

On Tuesday, October 17th Sioux City Police, Sioux City Fire, Iowa DNR, and Woodbury County Sheriff Office continued to search the river with side sonar starting about 9:00 am. An object resembling a vehicle was located about 11:30 am. Conditions of the river made it impossible for divers to check the vehicle. Authorities will continue to reassess the situation.

Sioux City Police say that on Monday, October 16th Police, Fire and Marine Rescue were dispatched near Larsen Park Road and Floyd Boulevard at the Missouri River after witnesses reported seeing a small dark colored vehicle drive into the Missouri River about 4:18 pm. No vehicle was visible once crews arrived. It is not known if the vehicle was occupied.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Missouri River Emergency Response Team responded with Sioux City Police and Fire searched the river until about 8:30 pm when the search was called off due to darkness.