Divers recovered a body Tuesday night from a vehicle submerged in Lycoming Creek under about 6 to 8 feet of water between Misner Road and the lower end of Heshbon Road, state police confirmed.
Crash scene evidence indicates the vehicle was traveling south on Lycoming Creek Road and went through a parking lot before it went airborne and landed in the creek about 50 feet from the south bank, said Cpl. L. Charles Stelene, a patrol supervisor at the scene.
"We don't know at this point when the crash occurred. It could have been tonight or the last three days. Most likely not tonight," he said.
It is believed the car went airborne because there were no track marks on the north embankment, Stelene said. However, there were tire tracks in the parking lot, he added.
A couple going across the bridge over the creek shortly after 7 p.m. looked down and saw the overturned vehicle in the water, emergency responders said. The couple flagged down a passerby, who called 911.
Volunteer firefighters from Loyalsock Township, Old Lycoming and Hepburn townships responded to the bridge, as did city firefighters.
Old Lycoming Township police also assisted at the scene.
Dozens of spectators watched at a distance as divers entered the creek from the south bank. Shortly before 8 p.m., divers confirmed there was a person in the vehicle.
Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. was notified and arrived on the scene.
The make and model of the vehicle was not known and there was no information Tuesday night on the age of the victim, believed to be a male.
"We received a report tonight that a kayaker spotted the object two or three days ago and thought it was trailer," Stelene said.
A heavy-duty wrecker was used to pull the vehicle from the water.
Volunteer fire police were able to keep one lane of traffic open as divers worked to recover the body.