Car river retrieval proving difficult

Police have confirmed a car found under water at the Quyon Ferry terminal belongs to a missing...

Police have confirmed a car found under water at the Quyon Ferry terminal belongs to a missing mother and son from the Fitzroy Harbour area. (Chris Hofley/QMI AGENCY)

Danielle Bell, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:51 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Police were planning to hoist a submerged car containing a body from the icy depths of the Ottawa River on Monday evening.

Donna Graves, 61, and her son Daron, 29, left an Arnprior, Ont., sports bar on Thursday but never made it to their home near the Quyon Ferry near Fitzroy Harbour, an area where recovery efforts continued Monday.

Officials said the ice was too thin near the car to use their saws.

Instead, they were thinking about using explosives to clear the ice. If explosives are used, the water will protect the car from any damage.

Dave Graves told QMI Agency on Saturday he last heard from his wife and son when they called to say they were on their way home.

Officials were going to cut a larger hole in the ice so a crane could attempt to pull the car out of the water.

One body is still in the vehicle but police had not yet made an identification or whether the second body was in the car.

Divers have been hampered by poor visibility and frigid temperatures.

Police aren't saying exactly what happened, but the case is being handled by its collision investigation unit, which probes all serious and fatal crashes.


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