Police Retrieve Stolen SUV From River At Fort Smith Park

Fort Smith firefighters and police check on a submerged car in the Arkansas River at Fort Smith Park. (KFSM)

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Firefighters and police were called to Fort Smith Park on Monday morning (Nov. 19) to check on an SUV found submerged in the river.

The vehicle, a 2017 GMC Terrain, was reported stolen from the 1500 block of South 17th Street in Fort Smith, said Cpl. Anthony Rice of the Fort Smith Police Department.

According to Fort Smith Police, a jogger was running in the park along the riverfront when he noticed the dark-colored vehicle jutting out of the water. The vehicle was just off shore of Fort Smith Park at 5301 Riverfront Drive.

The jogger called police, who called the fire department to assist in checking the vehicle. No one was found in the vehicle, which turned out to be the GMC Terrain, police said.

The vehicle was pulled out a few hours later, about 11 a.m.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Det. Joe Triplett or the Fort Smith Police at (479) 709-5100, or the River Valley Crimestoppers at (479) 78-CRIME. Those who call Crimestoppers with information leading to an arrest in the case may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Callers may remain anonymous.