Family confirms loved ones were inside vehicle pulled from river
Rescue teams pulled a car from the Missouri River Saturday morning, nearly a week after witnesses saw it plunge into the Missouri River.
Recovery efforts began around 9:00 A.M. as members of the Sioux City Police Department, Sioux City Fire Rescue, Sioux City Dive and Rescue and others gathered at the riverfront at Chris Larson Park.
" We wouldn't have been able to do this without Siouxland Dive and Rescue, their assistance and their skill," said Captain Mark Kirkpatrick.
Siouxland Dive Rescue Team member Aaron Lisle took the dive at approximately 10 am.
He later connected the cable to the car, that is believed to be that of a missing family of three around 11 am.
This evening the family confirmed that 17-year-old Vanessa Medina Gonzalez, 41-year-old Angelica Medina Gonzalez and 51-year-old Salomon Medina were the three occupants inside the vehicle.
Detectives have not released who was at the wheel at the time of the crash.
"Right now we're looking at all those pieces, looking at the car. Our traffic investigators are looking at it whether or not we'll have those answers, only time will tell," said Kirkpatrick.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the family pay for funeral costs.