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Submerged vehicle pulled out of Lake Sarah in Murray County Thursday

The divers did not locate any signs of the vehicle being occupied or any signs of criminal activity.

A vehicle is pulled from Lake Sarah in Murray County on Aug. 29, 2022.
A vehicle is pulled from Lake Sarah in Murray County on Aug. 29, 2022.
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SLAYTON — A vehicle has been removed from Lake Sarah in Murray County after a local fisherman reported it to the Murray County Sheriff's Office on Aug. 29.

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On Aug. 30, Murray County deputies responded to the provided location, using a towable side scan sonar unit to confirm the fisherman's report of a vehicle in the lake.

The Sheriff's Office contacted the Okoboji/Arnolds Park Fire Department Dive Team to respond and inspect the vehicle. Later that evening, the dive team arrived, and divers went down and searched the vehicle to ensure it was unoccupied, check for signs of criminal activity and retrieve identifiable information from the vehicle.

The divers did not locate any signs of the vehicle being occupied or any signs of criminal activity, and retrieved a license plate from it. Murray County deputies tied a buoy off to the vehicle to mark the location.

A vehicle is pulled from Lake Sarah in Murray County on Aug. 29, 2022.
A vehicle is pulled from Lake Sarah in Murray County on Aug. 29, 2022.
Submitted photo

On Aug. 31, Murray County deputies responded to the location and placed hazard buoys around the vehicle to warn the public of a potential underwater hazard.

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That same day, Murray County Chief Deputy Heath Landsman made contact with City Line Towing out of Willmar, making arrangements to retrieve the vehicle on Sept. 8.

On Sept. 8, Murray County deputies and investigators, City Line Towing, and Pulvers Towing responded to Lake Sarah and removed the vehicle. The incident remains under investigation by the Murray County Sheriff's Office.

The Murray County Sheriff's office was assisted in the investigation by the Buffalo Ridge Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Okoboji/Arnolds Park Fire Dept, City Line Towing and Pulvers Towing.

A vehicle is pulled from Lake Sarah in Murray County on Aug. 29, 2022.
A vehicle is pulled from Lake Sarah in Murray County on Aug. 29, 2022.
Submitted photo

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