COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A stolen truck may have been sitting at the bottom of a Colorado Springs lake for several years.
Firefighters stumbled upon a Toyota Tacoma more than13 feet underwater while doing sonar and dive training at Quail Lake Monday.
Capt. Brian Vaughan with the Colorado Springs Fire Department told 11 News that the fire department usually tries to hide things in the water for their divers to find during practice. Monday, they didn't have to.
"Sonar had picked up the shape of a vehicle, a truck in this case," Vaughan said. "They sent divers down and definitely confirmed that."
Neighbors were astonished to learn a truck had been sitting in the lake for several years.
"I didn't even know it was that deep," Channel Rodriguez said.
"It wasn't even like it was backed in. It was face, you know, like somebody drove it in," said Deborah Pennick, who watched firefighters and a crew from Randy's Towing drag the vehicle out.
"It was covered in seaweed," she added.
Once it was back on shore, police ran the license plate and confirmed the truck was stolen six years earlier.
Quail Lake is a small human-made reservoir in the middle of a southwest Springs neighborhood. It's surrounded by homes, apartments and a school, and is popular with people fishing or strolling the mile-long path around it. In other words: not the most ideal dumping ground.
"How [the crooks] got it by someone, who knows how?" Vaughan said. "But it's just one of those things, that somehow they snuck it in there."
"It's kind of creepy," Rodriguez commented. "And I'm like, 'What else could be in the lake?'"
The truck is now sitting in the CSPD impound lot as officers try to track down the owner.
Police say out of all the vehicles stolen in the city each year, they find about 70 percent of them.
They do agree: this was a pretty unique find.