May 31, 2004
Hillbillies Take Note: Car != Boat

Fark linked up this story about wayward cars and a lake that happens to be nearby my old stomping grounds of Fayetteville, AR:

In less than a month, eight vehicles have plunged into Beaver Lake at the end of Arkansas 94 in Monte Ne. No one has been hurt -- yet.

(Beaver lake and Rogers AR are within 30 minute's drive of Fayetteville.)

The thing is, I just wonder how accidental these "accidental" lake encounters are. I distinctly remember a book I read years ago about a murder investigation. The cops eventually decided the victim was stuffed into a trunk and driven off a boat landing, but the investigation was stymied because when they drug the lake around the boat landing they found nearly a dozen (body-free) cars. You see, when you want to claim a car as stolen, it doesn't do to have efficient police or a plucky private detective dredge the thing up two weeks later. Turned out a lake made a darned nice place to "steal" the car to.

This sounds an awful lot like that. The fact nobody's gotten hurt makes me doubly suspicious.

Posted by scott at May 31, 2004 10:19 AM

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Nothing so interesting....the lake's been flooded due to all the rain we've had, so the dead-end road dead-ends much earlier than normal. Add a few drunk drivers and voila! A news story!

Posted by: rita on May 31, 2004 05:06 PM

Hard to believe so many drunk drivers could end up with their cars at the bottom of a lake, without even one death or near-drowning. It's hard enough to get out of a sinking car when you have your wits about you.

Posted by: Tatterdemalian on June 1, 2004 06:19 PM
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