Body found in car in Point Richmond harbor

The car was lifted out of the water at around noon today. (Photo by: Sally Schilling)

The car was lifted out of the water at around noon today. (Photo by: Sally Schilling)

An unidentified man was found inside a submerged vehicle in the Point Richmond area today.

Police said that the death was likely an accident, not suicide or foul play. The circumstances are under investigation.

“It appears that he might have backed over the edge,” Richmond Police Sergeant Nicole Abetkov said.

Officials originally responded to an 8:16 a.m. call from a worker at the pier off Canal Blvd. at the end of Wharf St. The caller saw a car partially underwater in the channel.

Richmond Fire Department Chief Michael Banks said that the car was upside down with the front end slightly above the water line. A tow truck removed the car from the water around noon. At that time the body was discovered in the front seat of the brown Mercedes-Benz sedan.

The victim’s identity was not released immediately by police, as officers said they were waiting to inform relatives. Police said he was a male in his early 40s.

Officials said that they do not know how long the car had been there, but that it was likely there overnight.


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