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No foul play suspected in death of man found in SUV

SCHOFIELD (WAOW) - Everest Metro Police Department officials say no foul play is suspected in the death of a man found inside an SUV that plunged into the Eau Claire River and sank near a dam in Schofield Tuesday.

Investigators say the death is being treated as a traffic crash.

An autopsy on the victim was performed Wednesday, but investigators said no results would be released until Thursday. The man's name, his age or where he was from had not been released by Wednesday afternoon.

Everest Metro Police had been looking into the possibility that the SUV was involved in a crash on Grand Avenue in Wausau early Tuesday morning. Authorities tell Newsline 9 that the evidence found near Grand Avenue does not match the 2009 Lincoln Navigator pulled from the water.

"Being that there was so much extensive damage to the vehicle once we removed it out of the water and there were parts floating in the water, it would be difficult to match up the parts they had to where it was missing on the front of our vehicle," said Captain Clayton Schulz of Everest Metro Police Department.

A Marathon County Sheriff's Department dive team spent hours Tuesday working to raise the SUV and pull it out of the water.

"We splashed a diver which was myself and I went around and checked the scene of the water was what it was looking like and the area around the vehicle. All the windows were intact in the vehicle and at that point we decided to get our underwater camera involved," said Marathon County Sheriff's Department detective Marshall Schjoneman.

Everest Metro Police said the doors of the vehicle were locked and the windows were up.

The submerged SUV was discovered about 8:30 a.m. Nathan Everson says he was riding his bicycle down Grand Avenue and saw skid marks on a grassy embankment. Everson says he looked in the water, saw the vehicle and went into a nearby business to call 911.

"I didn't know if someone just drove in there or if there was an air pocket. It's the least a person can do or you hope someone would do for you. Unfortunately this time, we couldn't help nobody," said Everson.

Police say, after calling 911, Everson went into the water and was on the hood of the SUV when officers arrived.

Everest Metro Police say they believe the SUV car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it plunged into the water.

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