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UPDATE: Vehicle pulled from Staunton River was stolen out of Botetourt County

The vehicle was found about four miles upstream from Altavista

September 13, 2012|Tim Saunders and David Seidel
Tim Saunders/WDBJ7

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. — The vehicle that was pulled out of the Staunton River on Wednesday in Campbell County was reported stolen from Botetourt County.

According to the Campbell County Sheriff's Office, the car was reported stolen on April 7, 2001 from Botetourt County.

The victim lived in Bedford County, and told police that he was at work in Botetourt County when his car was stolen.

The car was discovered Tuesday night by a fisherman, about four miles upstream from Altavista.

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Campbell County sheriff's deputies are investigating a vehicle found submerged in the Staunton River.

The vehicle was discovered Tuesday night by a fisherman, about four miles upstream from Altavista.

Deputies think the two-door Monte Carlo had been in the river for a long time.  Tags on the license plate expired in 2001.

It took hours for a tow truck to pull the car out of the river Wednesday.  The vehicle was full of mud, and not much else.

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Investigators don't know how the car got in the water, but they don't suspect foul play at this point.  Deputies say Campbell County experienced heavy flooding ten years ago, and believe the car may have simply washed into the river.

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