Stolen vehicle found in Sabine River

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A submerged vehicle under the Sabine River bridge on State Hwy. 42 was just that Thursday afternoon – there was no occupant in the car, which had been stolen and subsequently abandoned.

First responders were dispatched about 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, according to Gregg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Josh Tubb.

“We received a call about a car in the river under the 42 bridge,” he reported Friday. “The game warden and our deputies responded. It was directly underneath the bridge at Hwy. 42 and the Sabine River.”

Gregg County Game Warden Todd Long and GCSO Dep. Ken Baker took a boat out to the car and quickly determined the black Ford Mustang was unoccupied.

The sunken vehicle’s tags told the rest of the story.

“It was a stolen car out of Longview,” Tubb said. “Due to the conditions, it was unsafe to extract it.”

“They contacted Longview (Police Department) for the recovery, and Longview will be working with the owner as far as recovering the vehicle.”

Any leads in the case can be submitted to Longview Police Department, 903-237-1199.

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