Sent on 12/30/2014 9:17:38 AM
On December 28, 2014, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team responded to Lakeside Park at the request of the Tucson Police Department. TPD had received a report that a vehicle had been driven into the lake on December 26, 2014. When the Dive Team arrived, they immediately began an assessment of the situation, including a search of the murky water utilizing a boat equipped with sonar. Following an extensive search, a vehicle was located approximately 20 feet below. A buoy was placed in the water to mark the location of the vehicle from above. Due to darkness, a decision was made for the Dive Team to resume the vehicle recovery the following morning while TPD maintained overnight security of the potential crime scene. On December 29, 2014, at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Dive Team returned to recover the vehicle. Two divers were used to locate and attempt to visually inspect the vehicle. The divers were able to attach a tow cable to the submerged vehicle so it could be pulled out of the water. Even though conditions made it difficult to attach the tow cable, the vehicle was successfully removed from the water. Fortunately, there were no people found inside the vehicle nor were there any immediate indications of other criminal activity associated with the vehicle. The vehicle was turned over to TPD for further investigation. The Dive Team consists of 4 Sheriff’s Department deputies and 8 members from the Pima County Search and Recovery Divers, a group of volunteers operating under the coordination of the Search and Rescue Council, Inc. All members went through training through the Emergency Response Divers Institute (ERDI) and all members are certified divers. Although two deputies actually made the dive, there were several other support members necessary to ensure operational safety.