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Authorities: Unidentified Body Found In Sunken Car In Michigan Quarry

October 11, 2018 - 3:46 pm

MONROE TWP. (WWJ - Authorities are investigating after a body was found inside a sunken car in a Monroe-area quarry.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the body was recovered at around 7 p.m. Wednesday in the former rock quarry, known locally as "Lake Monroe", after a tip came in from a scuba diver who spotted the vehicle.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the body appeared to have been in the water for a long period of time. The water is about 25 feet deep at the site where the car was discovered on its hood, detectives said. It's that of a male, according to the sheriff's office, but an age and identity weren't immediately known. 

It's unclear at this time how the person died, or if foul play is suspected as autopsy results from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office are pending. 

An SUV that was reportedly stolen in Monroe also was found in the quarry, about 30 to 40 feet from the car, on Wednesday. There was no body in the second vehicle, the sheriff's office said, and the two discoveries are not believed to be connected.

The Monroe News reported that the car with the body was a blue Chevy Impala, but that detail was not confirmed by sheriff's office which said in a released it was not releasing any further information at this time. 

This was not the first time human remains have been found pulled from the quarry, nor the second. 

In August of 2015, police said a 19-year old man's body was found there after he disappeared while swimming. In July of 2014, the skeletal remains of a missing 27-year-old woman was found in the quarry; and, back in June of 2012, a 20-year-old man's body was recovered after he reportedly went under while swimming with friends. 

The quarry, which is on private property, has posted warning signs to "swim at your own risk." 

It was actively mined for more than 80 years, but closed production in 1993. After that, the space filled with water.