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Vehicle poses mystery after being pulled from Augusta Canal

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 9:52 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Richmond County Sheriff’s Office responded to a submerged vehicle in the Augusta Canal at 8:29 p.m. Tuesday at the end of Curry Street at Division Street.

The water rescue team was on the scene attempting to recover the vehicle.

At 11 p.m., the submerged vehicle was recovered by the Augusta Fire Dive Team and no people were found in it.

While on the scene, we spoke with a witness, Carl Gaskill, who made the 911 call.

“I was sitting on my swing drinking a beer and three vehicles come down – a gold-looking van, it turned around and left out and then there was a little car and a little truck followed it,” Gaskill said. “The car and truck stayed down there for a little bit, and then the truck took off out through here with no lights. Car never left and I went and looked cause I saw it spinning a wheel on a curb. I come down with a flashlight and saw where it went across over there in the canal.”

Just Friday a man believed to be homeless, 68-year-old Kenneth Dawson was found dead in the canal. We’ve asked if these two crimes could be connected.

The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to provide updates as we learn more information.

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