Man still missing after car plunges into Mississippi - KMSP-TV

Man still missing after car plunges into Mississippi

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RAMSEY, Minn. (KMSP) -

The search continues Sunday for a man inside a car that plunged into the Mississippi River near Ramsey, Minn. early Friday morning after Saturday's search was postponed due to dangerous river currents.

One man was rescued from inside the SUV. The second man was not found and is presumed dead.

Police said the search of the original area where the body "would most likely have been" has ended at the scope of the search is now expanded to a much larger area of the river, Anoka County sheriff's officials said. No further information will be released unless police discover a body.

ALCOHOL LIKELY A FACTOR

At 1:30 a.m. Friday, a call came in that a car drove into the Mississippi River on the 6100 block of Rivlyn Avenue NW. Anoka County sheriff's officials said the two men drove around a house and into the river, but it's unclear why.

Police said alcohol was likely a factor in the crash.

PASSENGER PLUNGED JUST BEFORE RESCUE

According to Ramsey police, the first officer to arrive on the scene saw the SUV about 175 yards from shore. There was one person -- a 39-year-old man from Ramsey -- on the roof of the car, but they fell into the water just as a rescue boat was being launched from shore.

A 42-year-old man who stayed inside the SUV was rescued and brought back to shore, but was uncooperative with officers and "very vague" in his replies to questions. He was taken to the hospital and treated for hypothermia.

The shoreline of the river was scanned Friday morning, but no footprints were located. A surface check of the river turned up no signs of the missing passenger.

The police chief said crews are now in a recovery mode, looking for the body of the missing passenger.

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