Vehicle stolen in 2015 recovered from Gross Reservoir

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. — A vehicle that was stolen more than a year ago was recovered from the bottom of Gross Reservoir on Saturday, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

The 2002 Volvo station wagon was reported missing in spring 2015. It was discovered during a Boulder Emergency Squad dive training exercise at the reservoir west of Boulder.

The vehicle was found submerged approximately 70 feet below the surface.

Last week, the sheriff’s office determined that pulling the vehicle out of the reservoir would be a big undertaking, so its location was marked with a buoy and a recovery operation was planned for Saturday.

The sheriff’s office, with the assistance of the Boulder Emergency Squad dive team, Marv’s Towing Service and staff from Denver Water participated in the recovery, which took more than 10 hours.

The recovery involved 19 personnel from the Boulder Emergency Squad, including eight divers, along with six members of the sheriff’s office, which included four deputies and two rangers.

The recovered vehicle was impounded and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the original auto theft, was notified of the recovery, as were the vehicle owners.