Names of three pulled from Holt floodwaters won’t be released

The names of the three people found dead inside a vehicle submerged in Holt floodwaters, will not be publicly released.

The families have asked for privacy at this time.

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, local law enforcement agencies were called to Holt on reports of a vehicle submerged in floodwaters. Three people were found dead inside.

Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Commander Capr. Jack Kennedy said even though there were no immediate signs of violence tied to the deaths, his unit responded.

“We investigate all cases to the same standard,” said Kennedy said.  “Because of that, it took us several hours yesterday to process the vehicle so we could make sure that we didn’t lose any possible evidence and retain any evidence there was. ”

“Tuscaloosa County along with several other counties in the state are on the medical examiner system,” Kennedy said. “We do not have a coroner in Tuscaloosa County. Law enforcement is the responsible agency for the initial investigation of deaths or unknown causes. The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences is the one that conducts the actual cause of death investigations. In Tuscaloosa County, the investigation of natural or unknown caused deaths, be it criminal or otherwise, falls on the Violent Crimes Unit and we do what we call a death investigation. That is a large part of the work this unit does that a lot of people do not hear about.”

Kennedy said the three victims were friends and known to spend time together. None had been reported missing.

“We don’t believe that they had been there a long period of time,” Kennedy said.  Maybe from the night before.”

At this time, it appears the driver of the vehicle possibly lost control when the car and floodwaters collided.

“If you see water crossing the roadway, never drive through it,” Kennedy said. “Especially if you do not know the contours of the land or how much force the water can exert. It does not take a lot of force to move your vehicle. We would always advise to never ever cross any moving water that is crossing a roadway.”

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