How Did This Stolen GMC Pickup End Up in the Eel?

Truck pulled from the Eel River. [Photo by Bobby Kroeker]

This afternoon a blue GMC 2500 4WD was discovered upside down in the Eel River near the south end of Redway. Because it wasn’t known whether the vehicle was occupied or not, emergency personnel from multiple agencies rushed to the scene. Redway Fire, Briceland Fire, Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue Team’s Swift Water Rescue personnel, Garberville Fire, Cal Fire, and the California Highway Patrol all responded.

truck in river with rescuers

Truck in river with Swift Water Rescue Team. [Photo provided by Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue]

“Swift Water Rescue personnel were able to make access to the vehicle,” said Diana Totten, a spokesperson for Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue. “We were able to walk to it using a special technique.”

When they got to the vehicle, they learned there were no occupants. “Then we assisted the tow company to hook up the vehicle,” Totten explained. “The truck was quite a ways out into the river.”

Personnel at the scene believed the truck must have been near the water further upriver. When the storm hit, the truck was rolled by the water downriver to this location.

A mashed GMC taken from the river

The tow company brought the vehicle to shore.  The vehicle still had the dealer’s paper in the license plate holder. This matches the description of a vehicle which was reported stolen out of Redway a week ago and shared widely on social media.

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