SCANNER AUDIO OF THE CALL IS ABOVE
Update from the family that owns the vehicle. They contacted us and asked if we could post the following: They said if anyone witnessed anything or knows anything, to please contact the police.
The vehicle was recovered from the river. It appears it was un-occupied. The vehicle appears to be a White 4-door, possibly a Lincoln Towncar, but not confirmed.
2 officers did go into the river to perform a water rescue to see if the vehicle was occupied. They were standing on the shore bank with blankets around them. Its safe to say the officers are OK and are suffering from being cold after going into the freezing river. Sounds like they were unable to locate a driver of the vehicle. Many kudos to those officers for going into the freezing cold water to perform the water rescue.
It appears a person may have dumped the vehicle into the river and it appears they may have used the boat ramp as the place to dump the vehicle from. It was originally dispatched as going off the bridge, but there was no damage to the bridge. So it appears it went into the river from the shore bank at or near the boat ramp which is just a few feet upstream.
The incident is under investigation. We will post updates as they become available
This is still developing: Around 12:16 am this morning emergency personnel were dispatched to the Harlem rd bridge in Machesney Park. Details are minimal right now, only saying a vehicle has went into the river at the Harlem Bridge. Several emergency personnel were en route.
Update: Shore and Harlem, right before the bridge. The vehicle is almost fully submerged. It is described as a White Crown Vic. Unknown if it is occupied. Two officers are in the river, checking to see if it is occupied. Still developing
Note: They said 2 people were in the water. Sounds like they were referring to the officers searching the vehicle.