Press Release from Marion County Sheriff’s Office today:
Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue resumed efforts this morning to locate a vehicle which was driven into the Willamette River at the Wheatland Ferry shortly after 4:00 pm on March 4th, 2020. With the assistance of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Water Rescue Team and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, the vehicle was located submerged in the water with the lone occupant still inside.
The involved vehicle, a GMC Terrain, has been removed from the Willamette River. Investigators have tentatively identified the deceased driver of the vehicle. The circumstances leading up to the vehicle being driven into the water are still under investigation.
Along with the vehicle from yesterday’s incident, two additional unrelated vehicles were located in the water. Both vehicles were unoccupied and appeared to have been underwater for an extended period of time. Due to the challenging location in the waterway of the other two vehicles, at this time there will be no efforts undertaken to remove them from the river.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the numerous agencies which took part in the search and recovery efforts.