Police Dive Team Recover Vehicle From Nueces River

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Location: 14300 Interstate Highway 37
Event: Vehicle Crash with Fatal Injury
Case Numbers: 1506170132, C1502733

The Corpus Christi Police Dive Team recovered a vehicle from the Nueces River at Labonte Park Wednesday afternoon and discovered a person inside the vehicle.

The Corpus Christi Police responded to a call for service at 8:57pm on June 17 from a 47-year-old man who told Officers that a van entered the water of the Nueces River at the end of the boat launch at Labonte Park. The raining conditions and strong current of the river did not allow Officers to locate any vehicle that night. The Corpus Christi Police Dive Team evaluated the area the next day and discovered an object at a depth of about 25 feet below the surface of the water, but the strong current and weather conditions made recovery too dangerous for divers. The Corpus Christi Police Dive Team determined at about noon on June 24 that conditions were acceptable for Divers to recover the object which the Officers learned was a silver Kia Rondo. Corpus Christi Police Divers brought the vehicle to the surface and learned the vehicle was registered to a missing woman out of San Antonio. Officers did locate the remains of a person inside the vehicle, but have not determined that person’s identity.

The Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office took the remains for evaluation and to determine the identity of the person. Officers observed no obvious indication of foul play or that another person was involved in the incident, so the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section began taking measurements and collecting data for an investigation of a Vehicle Crash with a Fatal Injury.

The owner of the recovered vehicle is the subject of a Silver Alert from San Antonio which remains in effect unless the recovered remains discovered in the vehicle are determined to be the missing person by the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Anyone who has any additional information about this event should call the Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section at 361-886-2600