The Dayton Fire Department searched for submerged truck in Great Miami River near West Third Street on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. STAFF/MARSHALL GORBY
The body was that of a young man but his identity has not been released.
On Jan 4, the victim’s father reported him missing to the Trotwood Police Department. Once officers realized the missing man was the one involved in the crash, efforts to find the car redoubled, Hess said. On Jan. 5, Hess said two crash reconstruction experts from the Ohio State Highway Patrol visited the scene.
MetroParks rangers worked with the Vandalia Police Division to deploy a drone to look in the river from above and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Water Rescue used their underwater drone and sonar-equipped boat to locate the vehicle, despite the fact that there was no evidence of a vehicle underwater. Hess said he suspected the missing man would be in the vehicle when they located it.
Initial reports show no foul play. There were no witnesses and there were no 911 calls to report the crash, Hess said. FiveRivers Metro Parks is investigating the crash.