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Suspect missing after car found upside down in Arizona river

Posted at 9:19 AM, Jun 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-02 12:19:35-04

NORTHWESTERN, Ariz. — Authorities say a Utah man sought in an alleged sex crime involving a juvenile is missing after his car went into a river in a northwestern Arizona gorge.

Police in Hurricane, Utah, said in a statement that the man's car was spotted upside down in the Virgin River along Interstate 15 after the car entered Arizona and after officers broke off a pursuit Friday.

Capt. Deborah Gates of the Beaver Dam Littlefield Fire District said a search of the car and the river didn't locate the man and his fate isn't known.

His identity wasn't released.

Gates said the car apparently went through a gap in a guard rail next to a bridge before launching off a mountainside into the river. She estimated the drop at 100 yards (91 meters).