Car found in Snake River was stolen

Members of the Idaho Falls Police Department and Idaho Falls Fire Department had this empty SUV pulled out of the Snake River on Sunday. The vehicle had been stolen. Courtesy city of Idaho Falls

The Idaho Falls Police Department confirmed Monday that an SUV found Sunday afternoon in the Snake River was stolen.

According to a city of Idaho Falls news release, the SUV was spotted by a fisherman who reported it to police around 2:20 p.m. Sunday. The Idaho Falls Police Department and Idaho Falls Fire Department responded and had the vehicle towed out of the river. The vehicle was empty, and no one was found in the water nearby.

A jet ski from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene, and a Sheriff’s Office diver entered the water to assist in the search. A Sheriff’s Office boat hooked a tow rope to the vehicle and a tow truck was used to extract the vehicle from the river.

IFPD officers spoke to the owner, who was selling the vehicle when it was stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bonneville County Dispatch at 208-529-1200, Crime Stoppers at 208-522-1983, or report it online at

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.