Truck pulled from Mermentau River

By Howell Dennis

NEWS EDITOR

MERMENTAU - Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Officials including divers, marine patrol, and deputies were on hand to help remove what appeared to be a white Chevy truck from the Mermentau River Thursday afternoon. One official at the scene who had several years of experience removing vehicles said that the vehicle appeared to have been underwater for 15 - 20 years. There was no body inside the vehicle.

An Acadia Sheriff’s boat detected the truck with a sonar device that is able to pick up objects at the bottom of the river.

“Just recently we found another vehicle right up the river,” said the official who wished to remain anonymous. The sonar device is so advanced that it is even able to pick up small objects such as guns and knives.

“We found a gun recently that we are currently investigating,” said the official.

Divers had to swim underwater and perform the tedious task of of attaching straps to the vehicle which were attached to a large tow truck from Bruce’s Towing.

After removing the truck from the water, officials tore it apart using tools to look for evidence. A 1989 identification was located by one of the officers, however, the name was withheld pending the investigation.

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