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Pickup truck discovered in river

May. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Authorities fished a red Ford Ranger pickup truck, missing its license plate and with the keys still in the ignition, out of the Guyandotte River Monday afternoon.

The vehicle, barely visible under the water near the Guyandotte boat ramp, was spotted by two men docking a boat. A nearby fisherman alerted a Corps of Engineers boat on the water in the vicinity.

"I was just getting a bite when some guys here docking a boat said, "Whoa, there's a car in the river.' They could see the top and said it looked like a small foreign car," said Konta Smith, who was fishing nearby. "The first thing I thought was, 'I hope there's nobody in it.' You can get a car back, but not your life."

The vehicle in question turned out to be not a foreign car, but a truck. It was pulled out of the river by a wrecker. It emerged covered in heavy mud with no license plate, the passenger window rolled down and the keys in the ignition.

Capt. Mike Albers with the Huntington Police Department said it was likely the vehicle has been submerged for a while.

"We'll run some numbers and determine if it was reported stolen and go from there," Albers said.

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