A vehicle which went over a cliff and into the water of a South Frontenac lake appears to have been empty and stolen, Frontenac OPP have now determined.
OPP and South Frontenac fire crews were dispatched to a cliff on Round Lake shortly after noon on Sunday, Jul. 17, 2022 for a report of a vehicle that had been found upside down in the water.
Responding crews found the vehicle, which appeared to be empty, was leaking fluids and requested that the Ministry of Environment (MOE) respond. A tow company was also requested to stabilize the vehicle before it could be removed.
Subsequent investigation by OPP confirmed that the vehicle was not occupied and had been stolen. “After determining that no one was in the vehicle the end result was a stolen vehicle,” Frontenac OPP’s Media Relations Officer Constable Curtis Dick told the Kingstonist.
OPP conducted a search of the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) and the owner was contacted, said Constable Dick. “The owner advised that the vehicle was stolen, (but) did not report it as the vehicle was not worth a lot of money,” Constable Dick said.
The vehicle, which appeared to have been partially stripped before the incident, remained at the scene as of the morning of Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022.
Booms had been placed around it to contain fluids and debris while it awaited removal. OPP’s investigation continues.