Mystery surrounds SUV pulled from St. Lawrence River

Cornwall firefighters and a water rescue team get ready to head out with a cable to attach to a car in the St. Lawrence River off Montreal Road on Friday, March 2, 2018. The recovery crew was making a third attempt to pull out the car around 6 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2018 after the cable came loose. It's believed there was nobody in the vehicle and it's not known how long it had been in the river. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – A large SUV was recovered from the St. Lawrence River in the east end of Cornwall on Friday (March 2) after several attempts by divers and a towing company.

In an update to Cornwall Newswatch Monday morning, Cornwall police Const. Dan Cloutier said the vehicle was a Cadillac Escalade.

“There was nobody inside. We are still searching for the owner of the vehicle. It’s unknown how or why it got there…or exactly when either,” Cloutier told CNW.

Cloutier said there were licence plates on the Escalade but they came back “unattached” to the vehicle in a registration search.

He said the O.P.P. dive team did attend the scene Friday afternoon on Montreal Road to help in the recovery by Herb’s Towing. Cornwall firefighters were also helping on scene.

“The investigation is ongoing into when, why and who. Thank God there was nobody in it,” Cloutier said.