June 19, 2020
On June 18, 2020 a swimmer on Prospect Lake reported to police that there appeared to be a vehicle submerged in the water just past the boat launch off Echo Drive.
This morning members of the Saanich Police Dive Team and Forensic Identification Section attended the lake to try and locate this vehicle and determine if there was anything else inside the vehicle prior to retrieval.
The vehicle was a Fiat 500 2dr car which turned out to be reported stolen back in March of this year. Underwater video was captured that confirmed there was nothing else suspicious in or around the car.
With the assistance of the Dive Team members, Totem Towing was able to pull the car from the lake back up onto the boat launch ramp where it was then towed away. Saanich Fire assisted with the cleanup of a small amount of fluids that had leaked but there were no obvious signs in the water of any further leaks. The investigation is on-going and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Saanich Police directly or anonymously through the Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
“While it is currently unknown how long the vehicle was in the water, we believe it has been submerged for quite some time.”
Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer