UPDATE: The victim’s identity has been released.
Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. confirms 70-year-old Robert Lee Fisher was pronounced dead at 5:15 a.m.
“It is a possible drowning but the autopsy will determine if it was a medical condition,” Sumbry says.
PHENIX CITY, Al (WRBL)- Phenix City officials are investigating the death of a man found early this morning inside of a car submerged in the Chattahoochee River.
Authorities say the car appears to have entered the Chattahoochee on the Phenix City side of the river– likely from 16th Street near the Troy University Campus.
Investigators say shortly after 1:30 this morning, a security guard noticed something strange in the water. He contacted Phenix City Police.
First responders determined it was a car submerged in the river. Columbus officials helped Phenix City authorities retrieve the car.
Inside of the vehicle, police discovered the body of a 70-year-old man.
Right now, his name is not being released, pending notification of all family.
Authorities say his body has been sent to Montgomery for an autopsy.