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Two bodies found in Dodge Challenger that sank to bottom of Cape Fear River

Posted August 28, 2020 9:38 a.m. EDT
Updated August 31, 2020 8:11 a.m. EDT

— Two bodies were found in a Dodge Challenger that was retrieved from the Cape Fear River by water rescue crews on Friday evening, WECT reports.

Early Friday morning, witnesses told Wilmington police that someone drove their car off a pier and straight into the river in downtown Wilmington near the bottom of the historic Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

The two people found inside the car, Je’Mel Sneed, 31, and Frederick Brock, 40, were both from Wilmington, officials said.

When officials first found an object floating the Cape Fear River, the current was too strong for crews to go into the water and begin a rescue. The river is about 40 feet deep and murky.

Teams had to wait until low tide before they could send a crane to save the car, according to WECT. Officials sent a floating crane and tugboat that hoisted the vehicle out of the river and pulled it to shore.

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