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Dog walkers find car submerged in Susquehanna River

John A. Pavoncello
York Dispatch
Rescue personnel respond to a report of a car in the Susquehanna River just south of Long Level, Monday, October 26, 2020. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

Friends walking their dogs along the Susquehanna River in Lower Windsor Township on Monday evening found a car submerged in the water.

Rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene along Fishing Creek Road, just south of Long Level, about 6 p.m., as were Manor Township Police in Lancaster County. The river is considered Lancaster County's jurisdiction. 

"We walk down here most evenings, and we saw something in the water," said Jerry Axe, of Red Lion. "I walked past and looked back and saw the trunk lid was open, and the tail lights and the license plate."

A rescue boat from Lancaster County's Blue Rock Fire Rescue, near Washington Boro, was seen searching along the bank of the river, and at least one responder was in the water checking the car for occupants. 

Chris McNew, also from Red Lion, said it appeared as if the car had been driven directly into the river.

"Looked like it went straight down in there," he said.

Lower Windsor Township Police took over the investigation, and Chief Dave Arnold said the car was reported stolen from a location in York City in the past few days.

There was no body inside, he confirmed.

Arnold said his officers are coordinating with York City Police because city officers are handling the stolen-car report.

— Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo contributed to this report.