Investigators: Bodies pulled from flooded SUV will be autopsied

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

UPDATE, 2:20 p.m. March 25, 2022:

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Capt. Jack Kennedy said Friday afternoon that the families of the victims found submerged in an SUV Thursday morning do not want their loved ones identified to the public. WVUA 23 News is respecting the families’ wishes, and will not publish their names.

Original story is below:

We thought when we dealt with severe weather Tuesday that we lost no lives but today we learned differently.

Captain Marty Sellers said early Thursday morning multiple law enforcement agencies were called to Holt on reports of a vehicle being submerged in these flood waters.

“The initial report said that there was a car submerged so someone saw the top of the car as the water came down,” Sellers said.

When investigators retrieved the SUV from the water, they originally thought two victims were inside and have now confirmed there were three.

The three victims were not related, and it has been confirmed that there was 1 male, age 72, a female, age 58 and another female age 42.

Still no word on how long these victims had been in the water.

“I will take them to a secure location, and we will process the vehicle and the people to try and determine who they are,” Sellers said. “There’s no indication right now that there is anything criminal, we are just investigating what’s happened.”

Neighbor Sam Ward said the road is not blocked off and there are no lights so every time it rains you cannot see where you are going until you hit the water.

“The roads have been flooded over every time there’s heavy rain now just moderate rain it might get up to the level of the road but heavy rains like we had this last week, it floods every time,” Ward said. “This is the first time that they have put a sign out here because we called them and told them they needed to do something before someone got killed.”

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate, and we’ll keep you updated with more information as it’s available.

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