Unoccupied stolen vehicle found submerged in Elk River

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - A vehicle was found submerged in the Elk River near Cabbage Ridge Road and Hwy 99 at the fish hatchery ramp.

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office tweeted that the vehicle was unoccupied, but are not sure how long it had been in the water.

A tow truck company pulled the vehicle out of the water around 4:34 p.m.

Deputy Stephen Young confirmed that the vehicle was stolen during a recent home invasion in Lauderdale County. The car was turned over to investigators from the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office.

Lauderdale County sheriff's deputies are talking to one of the people who they believe stole the car from a home near Killen Tuesday morning.

Deputies say a group of people forced their way into the home, stealing cash and the car, then they took off.

A fisherman spotted the car in the water at the boat ramp at Richland Creek near Elkmont a few hours later and called police. That's about 30 miles northeast from where deputies say the car was stolen.

The car is a black Saturn Ion. Nobody was inside and it's unclear why the thieves dumped it in the river.

"They haven't really combed through the vehicle. Limestone County sheriff's office is terminating our case and turning it over to Lauderdale County and they'll take over from there," Stephen Young from the Limestone County sheriff's office said.

Deputies believe the car had been in the water for a few hours by the time it was hauled out.

One person was home when the car was stolen. Sheriff's deputies say that person was hurt in the robbery but not seriously.

Lauderdale County sheriff's deputies say they're questioning a person of interest who they believe was involved.
So far, nobody has been arrested.