Car found on river bottom likely stolen

A dredging crew in Keokuk pulls a car from the bottom of the Mississippi River.

A dredging crew near Keokuk uncovered a stolen rental car at the bottom of the Mississippi River, police chief Dave Hinton said.

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers crew was dredging on the Keokuk waterfront Wednesday near the George M. Verity River Museum when the pumps began to spew car parts.

A dive team was sent below to investigate and found the red 2009 Chevrolet Aveo buried beneath the sediment. The car was buried so deep that a crane was required to pull it out of the water.

Hinton said the car was stolen from outside a residence at 201 N. First Street. He believes the car was a rental.

â??It was pretty banged up,â?? Hinton said of the car.

No arrests have been made.