Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Sheesh, I've drive by this every day!

2 bodies found in stolen car in creek bed
07:53 AM CST on Wednesday, November 5, 2003

By MICHAEL GRABELL / The Dallas Morning News

Dallas police were investigating the deaths of two people found Tuesday afternoon in a stolen car lying in a creek bed off Interstate 30 near Ferguson Road.

The bodies of the unidentified people may have been there for a few weeks, homicide Sgt. Gary Kirkpatrick said. One body was identified as a man; the gender of the other could not be determined because of decomposition. Autopsies are pending.

The black Volvo 740 Turbo had been reported stolen Oct. 1, Sgt. Kirkpatrick said.

"At this point, we don't have any reason to believe it's anything other than a traffic accident," he said. "We don't know if any other factors are involved."

Police said the car appeared to have knocked down a light pole on the westbound side of the freeway, careened down a grassy knoll and landed on its side in White Rock Creek. Police were unsure when the accident occurred.

Sgt. Kirkpatrick said police received a call about 2 p.m. Tuesday from a man who said he saw a vehicle in the creek.

Residents of Little Pocket, a cul-de-sac near the creek, crowded around as a tow truck pulled the car out. Some said they were surprised that something like this could happen in their neighborhood, while others said it was not unusual for an area so close to the interstate.

"I wouldn't be surprised but [for] the two bodies," said Malachi Williams, who lives on Little Pocket. "I know [cars] run off all the time."

He said he has noticed five or six cars in the creek in the 13 years that he has lived on the street.

Sgt. Kirkpatrick said the tow truck operator told him he had pulled other vehicles out of the creek.

Because of the dropoff to the creek, it would be difficult to see the wreck from the interstate, Sgt. Kirkpatrick said. Residents said it's difficult to see the creek from their side because of dense foliage.

"I don't come down here that often," said Margaret Stewart, who lives on Little Pocket. "Really, I never noticed this creek was here."

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