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Divers discover two cars in W.Va. quarry

March 23, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

MILLVILLE, W.Va. - Divers with the Independent Fire Co. helped recover two cars Sunday from a pool of water at an old quarry near Millville, W.Va., said West Virginia State Police.

Witnesses saw a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am go into the quarry early Sunday, said Trooper G.S. Petsko.

They later reported it to police who called for the scuba team with the Independent Fire Co., Petsko said.

The search started about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. At first, divers did not know if they would recover bodies from the car or what they might find, said Fire Chief Ed Smith.

Divers have been used in searches for possible crime-scene evidence recovery in the past, but this was the first time where the unit was called upon to look for possible victims, Smith said.


The divers, with assistance from other firefighters from Independent and Harpers Ferry fire companies, entered the 45 degree water and searched for the car, finding it within minutes, Petsko said.

Getting the car out of the water took longer. It was about 20 to 40 feet below the surface, he said.

A tow truck from Courtney's Towing lowered a cable to the divers, who hooked it up to the car and pulled it out, Petsko said.

The car had been stolen earlier Sunday from Rockville, Md. Petsko said he is working with police there to investigate the theft.

While in the water, another police officer who scuba dives as a hobby told them of an abandoned car elsewhere in the quarry's water, Smith said.

The search for it took longer, but eventually they were able to pull it out as well, Smith said.

That car, a 1982 Plymouth Reliant station wagon, also was unoccupied, Petsko said.

Petsko said he is investigating how that car got into the water.

Anyone with information about either car is asked to call state police at 304-725-9779.

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