Fisherman Finds Stolen Pickup Dumped in River

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A local man found more than a big fish in his favorite fishing hole.

Konta Smith was fishing at the boat ramp on the Guyandotte River in Huntington Monday afternoon when he saw something on the bottom of the river.

Smith signaled an Army Corp of Engineers boat to check it out. It turned out to be a stolen red Ford Ranger pickup.

Crews pulled the truck up from the bottom of the river. The truck was filled with water and fish. No one was inside.

Huntington Police initially reported they believed the truck had been in the river for some time.

According to the police report though, Huntington Police say the owner of the truck told them it was stolen from the 300 block of Elaine Court between Sunday night and Monday.

Police were able to look at surveillance video from the area and saw a man breaking into the truck and driving away just before 12:30 Monday afternoon.

At this time, the suspect's name has not been released.

Smith says this is the strangest thing he has ever experienced on a fishing trip.

"The first thing that I thought was I hope there ain't nobody in it, you can always get your car back but you can't your life," said Smith.

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