Deputies from the Murray County Sheriff's Office were among those who removed a vehicle from Lake Sarah on Thursday, more than a week after a possible vehicle was reported in the lake.
According to a press release issued Thursday by the sheriff's office, the office received the initial report about the vehicle on Aug. 29. On the following day, deputies responded to the scene of a location provided by a local fisherman. A towable side scan sonar unit was used to confirm the report of the vehicle in Lake Sarah. The sheriff's office then contacted the Okoboji/Arnolds Park Fire Department Dive Team to respond and inspect the vehicle.
The dive team arrived at the scene that evening, and divers went down to search the vehicle to ensure it was unoccupied while also checking for any signs of criminal activity and retrieving any identifiable information from the vehicle. The dive team saw no signs of the vehicle being occupied, or of any criminal activity. A license plate was retrieved from the vehicle, and deputies tied a buoy off to the vehicle to mark the location.
Hazard buoys were placed around the vehicle on Aug. 31, and a towing service out of Willmar was contacted and retrieval of the vehicle scheduled for Thursday. The incident remains under investigation by the Murray County Sheriff's Office. Among the entities assisted with the investigation was the Buffalo Ridge Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.