Grant County Suspect Believed to Have Driven Off Cliff Into Lake!
Grant County authorities are searching the eastern part of Upper Goose Lake Wednesday after an robbery suspect apparently drove off a 20-foot cliff into 80 feet of water.
The Hollywood-like incident began around 9:20 Tuesday morning, when a homeowner in on a rural road southeast of Royal City reported a break-in in progress. He didn't confront the suspect, but got pictures of the getaway vehicle and a description. Royal City police pursued the suspect at a distance, but he turned off Highway 262 into a wildlife refuge and sped away.
Grant County Sheriff's, Royal City police and other units deployed around the refuge and began to search inward. Then around 10:30 a deputy noticed car parts and debris floating in along the eastern shore of Upper Goose Lake, near where a 20-foot cliff meets the water.
The debris and parts matched the photos and description of the getaway car. Search and dive teams are now combing through the 80-foot depths in search of the vehicle. Officials say based upon the debris pattern, there's little chance the driver was able to get out, and they fully expect to find a body.
The search continues.