UPDATE: Crews Retrieve Stolen SUV from Ohio River in Point Pleasant

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UPDATE 4/17/14 @ 4 p.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews have pulled an SUV from the Ohio River in Point Pleasant.

The SUV was pulled from the river about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, about two and a half blocks south of where police say it went into the river.

Crews had been searching just north of the Point Pleasant riverfront since early Tuesday morning after a barge operator reported seeing a white SUV go into the river.

On Tuesday, boat crews used sonar to track down where they believed the SUV was, but due to snow and frigid temperatures, along with a strong current, the search was called off.

Dive teams were back on scene Thursday, and were able to place magnets on the SUV, then connect cables from a tow truck to the SUV and pull it from the river.

It was not an easy task. Crews on the scene say one of the cables broke during the first attempt, so they had to start the process over.

Point Pleasant Police Chief Joe Veith tells WSAZ.com that this is the SUV that was stolen from a home in Point Pleasant earlier this week.

Chief Veith says they do have three suspects in the case. They hope to make the arrests in the next day or so.

Chief Veith tells WSAZ.com they believe the suspect who put the SUV into the river put a rock on the accelerator to get it down the rocky embankment.

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UPDATE 4/17/14 @ 1:15 p.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews are working to pull an SUV from the Ohio River in Point Pleasant.

Police and fire crews from Point Pleasant, Gallipolis and West Virginia State Police have been on scene of a missing SUV since early Thursday afternoon.

They have been searching for an SUV believed to have gone in the river early Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, they were able to use sonar to find what they believed was the SUV, that a barge operator reported going into the water.

Crews are trying to attach cables from a tow truck to magnets they have connected to the SUV to pull it from the river.

Divers with West Virginia State Police are on scene to assist with the recovery.

A surveillance picture from the riverfront shortly before the reports of the SUV in the river, shows someone driving the SUV through an opening in the floodwall.

There was a report of a stolen SUV from a Point Pleasant resident Tuesday morning. The owner of the missing SUV tells WSAZ.com that she has seen the surveillance picture and does believe it is hers.

Police will have to wait until the SUV resurfaces before confirming if it is her vehicle, or if anyone is inside.

We have a crew on the scene.

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UPDATE 4/17/14 @ 11:15 a.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dive crews are expected to resume their search for a possible SUV in the Ohio River Thursday.

Crews from Point Pleasant, Gallipolis, and West Virginia State Police plan to get back on the river Thursday afternoon.

The search began early Tuesday morning after a passing barge operator noticed what he believed was a white SUV going into the river, just north of the Point Pleasant riverfront, near the train bridge.

After several hours of searching, crews did find a mass in the river using sonar, in the area where the SUV was believed to have entered the river.

However, due to snowy and cold conditions, along with a strong current on the river, the search had to be called off.

Tuesday morning, a white SUV was also reported stolen from a Point Pleasant resident.

Crews will not be able to determine until the SUV is pulled from the river if it is the stolen SUV, or if anyone is inside.

Thursday morning, Point Pleasant Police released a surveillance picture, taken from the area of the riverfront. The time stamp on the picture is 6:46 a.m. on April 15, around the time the SUV is believed to go into the water.

The photo shows a light colored SUV.

We have a crew on the scene.

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UPDATE 4/15/14 @ 4:20 p.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews have suspended the search for an SUV in the Ohio River.

The search was suspended about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The search began early Tuesday morning after a barge operator contacted 911, saying he saw a white SUV in the water.

The SUV was believed to be in the water just north of the Point Pleasant riverfront, in the area of the train bridge that crosses the river.

The Point Pleasant Fire Department, Gallia County Sheriff's Office, a crew from Jackson County, West Virginia, and US Coast Guard searched the water for several hours, before finding a large mass, believed to be the SUV just before 1 p.m.

A dive team from Cottageville, West Virginia was called in to search the area where the mass was found.

Less than an hour after getting on scene, the search was called off, according to Point Pleasant Police Chief Joe Veith.

Veith tells WSAZ.com that the search was called off due to weather conditions, saying the water was too choppy, and the current was too strong.

Veith says they hope to get back on the water and continue the search once the weather warms back up.

No word at this time if anyone is inside the vehicle.

Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant tells WSAZ.com that there was a report of a stolen vehicle Tuesday morning in Point Pleasant. He says at this time, they cannot confirm, nor deny if this is the same vehicle. "Until we locate it, we can't be sure that that's it, or it wasn't involved in another crime," Bryant said.

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UPDATE 4/15/14 @ 12:53 p.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency responders tell WSAZ.com that they have found a large mass in the Ohio River, that is believed to be an SUV.

Crews on the scene tell WSAZ.com that they were able to use sonar on search boats to find the mass around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

They say the mass was found north of the Point Pleasant riverfront, near where the train bridge crosses the Ohio River.

This is the same area where a barge operator reported seeing an SUV going into the river early Tuesday morning.

Divers are being brought in from Jackson County, to further search the river.

No word at this time if anyone is inside the vehicle.

Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant tells WSAZ.com that there was a report of a stolen vehicle Tuesday morning in Point Pleasant. He says at this time, they cannot confirm, nor deny if this is the same vehicle. "Until we locate it, we can't be sure that that's it, or it wasn't involved in another crime," Bryant said.

We have a crew on the scene.

Crews from Point Pleasant, Gallipolis, and Jackson County, West Virginia are all on scene.

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ORIGINAL STORY 4/15/14 @ 11:40 a.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews are searching the Ohio River after a report that an SUV was seen in the water.

Point Pleasant Fire Chief Jeremy Bryant tells WSAZ.com that a barge operator reported seeing a white SUV in the river just north of the Point Pleasant riverfront early Tuesday morning.

This is in the area of the train bridge in Point Pleasant.

The Point Pleasant Fire Boat, as well as the Marine Patrol Unit from Gallia County are searching the river. They are using sonar to try to locate the SUV.

Crews are not sure at this time if anyone is inside the vehicle.

They say the weather is playing a factor in trying to locate the vehicle. The water is very choppy.

We have a crew on the scene.

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