Car Lost In Trinity Not That Of Missing North Richland Hills Man

DALLAS, TX — Authorities in Dallas, along with a dive team, are searching the Trinity River Tuesday morning for a car that drove into the river on Feb. 21.

Jason Evans, a spokesman for Dallas Fire Rescue said investigators have a "strong belief" that the car belongs to 84-year-old James Booth, who went missing from North Richland Hills on the same day a car was seen driving into the water.

A search later proved the car found in the river does not belong to Booth.

Evans estimates waters were at least 15 feet higher that day than they are now. But despite high and fast-moving waters, the car has traveled only a few hundred feet since it became submerged.

Investigators did not know at the time of the search if human remains were in the car, Evans said. A hazardous materials team had been called to the scene in case a body was found, he said.

The primary goal of Tuesday’s dive, Evans said, is to identify the car and search for a body. Authorities have no definitive plans at this time to extract the vehicle from the water.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Image via Payton Potter, Patch staff

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