PORTLAND, Oregon - On Thursday afternoon at 3:19 p.m., police say a driver left the roadway and crashed into the Columbia River in the 15900 block of Northeast Marine Drive.
Officers and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel arrived and spoke to witnesses who saw the vehicle leave the roadway and enter the water, where it is submerged.
Divers located the vehicle late this evening and were able to see a single occupant deceased in the vehicle, a blue 2002 Honda Civic.
Authorities said the body should remain inside the vehicle during the vehicle recovery effort. As the vehicle was being pulled from the water, the deceased person's body escaped from the vehicle, possibly though an undetected open window, and has not been located or recovered. Recovery efforts have been suspended.
Traffic Division investigators have learned that the vehicle was being driven westbound on Marine Drive prior to leaving the roadway and entering the river.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team is responding to assist with waterborne rescue and recovery efforts.
The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team is responding to conduct an investigation into the crash.
Northeast Marine Drive is closed to all traffic between 158th Avenue and 185th Drive and is expected to remain so for several hours.
The crash remains under investigation.
Marine Drive should be open shortly to regular traffic.
Anyone along the Columbia River, West of 158th Avenue, that sees a body in the river should call 9-1-1.