The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from local diver, Dan Brymer Thursday afternoon around 2:30 that he had found a vehicle and a pistol near Christoff’s Ferry boat landing in Marianna.
Sheriff deputies and the dive team proceeded to the area with the dive team locating the vehicle at the bed of the Chipola River. It is believed the vehicle had been there for some time so it was an extensive process to remove the vehicle. Wesley Hatcher of H & H Enterprises was called to assist in the removal. Some four hours later, a black Toyota Rav 4 was pulled from the water. The pistol had been turned over to captain Virgil Watson when he arrived on the scene. The license plate on the vehicle had a 2016 expiration. According to investigator Jeff Snell with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, they are looking into whether or not the gun and car are related and therefore are not at liberty to release the name of who the vehicle was registered to. The vehicle had been reported stolen in 2015. Snell said, “We appreciate Mr. Brymer’s assistance in locating the stolen vehicle. I would like to commend the officers from the dive team for their work in such difficult diving conditions. We also would like to thank the officers from FWC and FDLE for their assistance in the recovery of this vehicle.”
According to Brymer when asked about his ‘find’, he said he did not know if there was a body in there, “I don’t know if there was or not. I did find a pistol but I don’t know if it had anything to do with the vehicle.” When asked what time he came upon the vehicle, Brymer said, “Around 2:00. I came home and called Lou (Sheriff Roberts) and he didn’t answer but I text him and he called me right back. I told him what I had found and then deputies started arriving.”
The vehicle was pulled out of the water at approximately 7:15. Watson said the gun will be sent to ATF where they will run a trace to see check who the last person was to purchase it. The TIMES will update as information is made available.