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Body found in a car submerged in the Eau Claire River

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SCHOFIELD (WKOW) –Everest Metro Police Department officials say a man was found dead in a car submerged in the Eau Claire River in Schofield Tuesday. They say it's being treated as a traffic crash at this time.

Our affiliate, WAOW-TV, reports a Marathon County Sheriff's Department dive team began looking for the car Tuesday morning. Divers were in the water for hours working to pull the vehicle out.

"We splashed a diver which was myself and I went around and checked the scene of the water was what it was looking like and the area around the vehicle. All the windows were intact in the vehicle and at that point we decided to get our underwater camera involved,” Marathon County Sheriff's Department detective Marshall Schjoneman told WAOW.

Everest Metro Police said the doors of the vehicle were locked and the windows were up.

Around 8:30 A.M., Nathan Everson says he was riding his bicycle down Grand Avenue and saw skid marks on a grassy embankment. Everson says he looked in the water, saw the car and went into a nearby business to call 911.

"I didn't know if someone just drove in there or if there was an air pocket. It's the least a person can do or you hope someone would do for you. Unfortunately this time, we couldn't help nobody,” said Everson.

Police say, after calling 911, Everson went into the water and was on the hood of the car when officers arrived.

Everest Metro Police say they believe the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.

The name of the driver is not being released at this time.

“We still have to do some follow up in any death where we interview who he was with last, where he was, where his frame of mind was. We haven't done an examination inside the car or of him. There's a lot to do yet and we will know more once we get that accomplished," said Captain Clay Schulz.

Capt. Schulz says the car has been taken to the police station for further investigation.

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