White County Dispatch received a call on Saturday, Oct. 7, in reference to a vehicle in the Big Wabash River in a very remote area of White County.
Deputy Randy Graves arrived on scene at approximately 8:15 a.m. and spoke to caller, Todd White, who had a river camp in the area and had been driving around, looking at the river, when he spotted the vehicle upside down in the river and called 911.
The incident occurred one mile southwest of intersection 300N and 1600E, south of US Highway 141. A farm field road off the main road led into the Big Wabash River. The vehicle was approximately 30-40 feet out into the river, resting upside down on a log. Deputy Graves advised that the car appeared as if it hadn’t been at the location very long. He also advised that it was a newer model and gray in color.
Photos of the scene and tire tracks were taken before others arrived on scene to possibly disturb the evidence. The tire tracks where the vehicle had spun its tires were 84 feet from where it started, to where it went into the river. A small plastic bag and a pair of pliers were bagged and placed as possible evidence.
White County Sheriff, Doug Maier and Department of Natural Resources Officer, Lisa Schoenoff, were notified of the incident and both arrived to assist and evaluate the scene.
It was determined that a dive team was needed to check the vehicle for a body. Posey County Dispatch sent Marrs Township and Perry County Township Fire and Water Rescue out of Indiana to the scene. Divers determined that the driver’s side window was down, but were unable to see inside due to muddy waters and couldn’t feel if anyone was inside.
Steve Talley, with S&E Towing in Carmi, was able to hook the vehicle to his tow trucks and pull the vehicle from the river around 1:45 p.m. No body was found inside, however, a large concrete block was found on the accelerator. Both front and rear license plates were missing, as was the front bumper. It was found downstream, caught in a log jam. The vehicle was towed to S&E and is being held for the Eldorado Police Department.
Deputy Graves spoke to Eldorado Police and they advised that the owner was Lecretia Turner of Eldorado. When Graves spoke to Lecretia, she said that her brother, Kilborn Turner, had possession of the vehicle. Graves then spoke with Kilborn who said that he had parked the car at his in-laws, Melvin and Star Grisham’s, home the night before at around 9:30 p.m. because it was having mechanical issues. Kilborn said that he didn’t know the vehicle was missing. Kilborn was told he would have to go to the Eldorado Police Department to speak with them in reference to the incident.