Jun 13, 2011 9:54 PM by Herbie Smith
After combing the bottom of the Vermilion River at Rotary Point Monday morning, dive teams with with Calsasieu Parish and Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Offices discovered five vehicles.
Major Art Lebreton says it all started Saturday when a woman called 911 to get help after accidentally driving her suv off of a boat ramp into the river while searching for her lost dog.
Emergency crews found four additional vehicles while searching for the suv.
Divers were able to recover the woman's car; her car was recovered first.
As for the other four vehicles, detectives plan to recover them all so they can find out who they belong to and how they ended up in the river.
"We're pulling the license plates off of the cars and running them," said Tim McKnight with Calsasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
Based on evidence gathered, investigators believe some of the cars have been in the river for years.
"It seems like one of the cars has been in the river since 2003. It's starting to rust and it's covered in mud," said McKnight.
Investigators believe some of the vehicles could be stolen.
Deputies say 90 percent of the cars they recover are stolen.
Officials with Bayou Vermilion District say in their next meeting they will discuss plans to prevent cars from going into the river.