Mystery of the two cars pulled out of the marina may remain unsolved
on November 4, 2011
Richmond Police Department Officer Joey Schlemmer said it is difficult to determine what happened to the two cars discovered in the marina late last week due to the vehicles’ conditions.
The two rental cars, one a Ford Taurus from Los Angeles County and the other a Chevy Malibu from Pinole, were reported stolen in 2001. Both are listed as property of Allstate Insurance.
Schlemmer said, considering the cars went missing 10 years ago and that Allstate did not follow-up on the thefts, detailed records on the cars may have been purged from the computer system.
The cars sustained serious structural damage from being submerged in the salt water for so long. The only substantial evidence discovered were a seatbelt tied around the wheel of the Ford Taurus and both cars’ vehicle identification numbers.
To Schlemmer’s knowledge, these are the first cars to be pulled out of the Richmond marina in this manner.
“How they happened to get into the bay is still kind of a mystery, if you will,” he said.
Most likely, the cars will be scrapped for metal and “that’ll be kind of the end to it,” Schlemmer said.
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