Car Abandoned in River Found by Kayaker 3 Months Later

The owner had reported that he couldn’t remember where he left it.

byJustin Hughes|
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A kayaker in Chicopee, Massachusetts called police Saturday to report finding what appeared to be a car submerged in the Connecticut River, according to the Chicopee Police Department Facebook page.

Police responded with an underwater rescue team and discovered a black Mercedes C300 submerged where the kayaker had reported it. Fortunately, no one was inside the car. Citing safety reasons, police decided to wait until Sunday morning to remove the car from the river.

Some investigation connected the discovery of this car with another police report from nearby West Springfield on April 8. A man and his father had come to the station to report that he had blacked out and could not remember where he had left his car. It is no surprise that the car's whereabouts remained a mystery for three months since the bottom of a river is not a place one would normally park their Mercedes.

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Officer Chad Foisy, one of the dive team, took a GoPro with him during Sunday's recovery effort and gave a walkaround swim-around of the submerged Mercedes. Aside from a bit of dirt, the car looks to be in surprisingly good condition for having sat in a river for three months. No dents are visible, making it even more of a mystery as to how the car came to be at the bottom of the Connecticut River.

But don't expect to see this Merc back on the road again. You never know what could go wrong with a flood car. That said, I'll be keeping an eye on western Massachusetts Craigslist for an ad reading, "Mercedes C300, thoroughly washed, ran when parked."

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