SUV found in river believed to belong to missing Perinton couple

Recovery process will be long and dangerous

CHARLOTTE, NY (WROC) - During their third search of the Genesee River in Charlotte, Monroe County Scuba Divers finally got a breakthrough.


"The dive commanders notified me that they found what they believe to be a vehicle very similar to Mr. and Mrs. Ross in the river, just outside the Pelicans's Nest Restaurant, " said Chief Deputy Michael Fowler. 

The vehicle located was the same shape and size as Robert and Mary Ross's SUV. The weather conditions prevented crews from confirming whether it's the same vehicle.

Diving instructor Jim Wieser trains the Livingston County Sheriff's Office for these type of missions. He said wearing a dry suit is key to enduring the freezing waters. Wieser said the Genesee River is like looking through a glass of chocolate milk.

"If you put your hand in front of your mask you can't even see it,  " Wieser said. 

 

Wieser said divers are rotated out fo the water every 25 minutes. Retrieving a vehicle is not as simple as putting it on a line and pulling it out. 


"It may have to be floated out of there," Wieser said. "It has to be rigged properly, and it may take several dives just to safely rig the car."

  
Divers will take a closer look at the SUV's license plate Thursday morning, then work to remove the vehicle from the water.  


 


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