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Pepper Park visitors return to find vehicle floating in water

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Posted at 5:40 AM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 08:40:22-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - Visitors to a National City park returned from a walk to find their small SUV submerged in water.

Three people parked the SUV in the parking lot of Pepper Park, near the boat launch ramp, and then went for a walk at around 12:30 a.m.

However, when they returned to their vehicle, they could not find it and thought it had been stolen.

Several witnesses told them they saw the SUV rolled into the water, prompting a call to authorities. Harbor Police divers and a helicopter spotted the SUV about 50 feet away from shore in the water.

A tow truck arrived and was able to bring the SUV back to shore, but it suffered serious water damage.

The owner, Ivette Garcia, said she has no idea how her car got into the water. She said police aren’t sure how the vehicle ended up in the water, but they believe it was either left in neutral or someone hit the SUV.

She told 10News she recently got the car, but she’s now in the market for a new one.