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Deputies locate man connected to car crash in Yakima Valley canal

Deputies locate man tied to flipped car found in Yakima Valley canal

TOPPENISH, Wash. - UPDATE: Sheriff's deputies have contacted a man who was connected to a car crash in which the car was found flipped in a Yakima Valley canal.

YCSO spokesperson Casey Schilperoort said John Wilson III is a suspect in the burglary that happened as deputies were investigating a car crash about a mile away.

Reports said Deputy Scott Swallow tried to reach Wilson on his phone, Tuesday, but was unable to get in touch with him.

No charges have been filed in this incident.

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The Yakima County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) received a report of a vehicle partially in the water at the Harrah Drain canal system, in the area of S. Oldenway Rd and Fort Rd, around 8:10 a.m., Monday.

Detectives said the back window of the vehicle was broken out and both front airbags had been deployed when the vehicle was towed out of the water.

No one was inside the vehicle at the time YCSO was responding.

Law enforcement called the owner of the vehicle who told deputies that her boyfriend, John Wilson III, had taken the vehicle around 11:30 p.m., Sunday.

The owner informed deputies she had not heard from Wilson since he left the house.

It is unknown if he was driving the vehicle or if anyone else was in the car with him at the time of the crash.

Deputies also contacted a sibling who said they saw Wilson Sunday afternoon. According to reports, the sibling suggested Wilson may have been under the influence of a controlled substance.

YCSO investigators said they have been unable to get in contact with John Wilson.

Deputies were also investigating a burglary at that time about a mile away from the crash. Investigators found muddy shoe prints in the house, and a wall heater was turned on as if the person needed to warm up, possibly from being wet.

Yakima County Search and Rescue searched the area of the crash and were not able to find him.

An update from YCSO said deputies contacted Wilson later Monday. He is no longer a missing person.

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