Police received a call about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday after witnesses saw a SUV drive off a walking path and into the Columbia River near McMenamins on the Columbia.
According to the caller, three males climbed out of vehicle, got to the shore and then ran, said Kim Kapp, spokeswoman for the Vancouver Police Department. When police arrived, they found the SUV, which was a BMW, unoccupied.
A Portland fireboat and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to tow the vehicle out of the water and look for any other people, but none were located. Police are following up with the registered owner, Kapp said.
No visible damage to foliage or the sidewalk was noticeable on Thursday morning, but tracks in the sand showed where the car was towed through the rocks and onto the pavement.
A Columbian employee, Tom Runkle, witnessed the tow trucks pulling the BMW from the river bank at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday near the westernmost condo at Columbia Shores.
“Once they got it on the sidewalk, they opened the door and a mess of water came out,” he said.