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Car stolen decades ago found in Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Tyre

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A car reported stolen nearly a quarter-century ago was discovered submerged in the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, according to the Seneca County sheriff’s office.

In early September, a local bass fisherman alerted authorities after his sonar equipment displayed what seemed to be the outline of a car.


Responding to the unusual find, the dive team confirmed the submerged vehicle’s presence, which was located in about 10 feet of water near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge boat launch.

Undersheriff John Cleere identified the retrieved vehicle as a 1996 Dodge Avenger, reported stolen in 1997 from Solvay, Onondaga County.

While the car had been compensated for by the insurance company years ago, its duration underwater remains uncertain. The sheriff’s office has initiated further investigations and seeks information from the public.