Officials in New York believe that a woman may have intentionally drove her car into the Niagara River on Wednesday, which prompted a recovery by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The New York State Park Police is still investigating how the vehicle wound up in the Niagara River, however, according to a New York State Parks spokesperson, it appears to be intentional.
“The New York State Park Police investigation into yesterday’s incident of the vehicle entering the Niagara River is still ongoing. At this point in the investigation, entry into the water appears to be an intentional act,” the spokesperson said.
The woman, who was in her late 60’s and lived in the Western New York area, was pronounced dead but has not been identified through the medical examiner or coroner offices.
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Water levels in the river were lowered by the Power Authority after New York State Park Police were notified of a black vehicle in the river at 11:50 a.m on Wednesday. The car was only 50 yards from the brink of the American Falls.
Drones and the Niagara County Sheriff helicopter were used to determine if any individuals were inside the vehicle, according to the spokesperson.
An official from the New York State Parks said that as of Thursday afternoon, the black vehicle is still in the Niagara river.
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The Niagara Falls State Park Operations Team will be meeting today to discuss how the vehicle can be removed.
Videos shared by a FOX 29 Buffalo reporter show a U.S. Coast Guard diver being lowered into the river to make the rescue.
According to the spokesperson, the investigation is still ongoing.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.