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story.lead_photo.caption Authorities recovered a vehicle Wednesday from the Missouri River near the Noren Access in Jefferson City. Photo by Liv Paggiarino / Fulton Sun.

As Jefferson City authorities were searching for a vehicle submerged in the Missouri River, the Callaway and Boone county sheriff's offices were investigating a missing person.

Over the course of the day, the vehicle and missing person would be found.

According to a news release from the Callaway County Sheriff's Office, the office was called to Route Z northeast of Fulton where a "suspicious" incident had occurred at 8:03 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The release doesn't include further details about what might have occurred near Fulton, only that during the course of the investigation, items belonging to an unidentified 45-year-old Boone County man were found.

"The initial suspicious incident investigation in Callaway County was the onset of the chain of events," Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism said in an email. "Upon us contacting the Boone County Sheriff's Department, they responded to the subject's residence, found oddities there and we jointly initiated a missing person investigation in Callaway and Boone counties."

A few hours later, the Jefferson City Police Department responded to the Carl R. Noren River Access. The boat access is a part of Jefferson City on the Callaway County side of the river.

At the river, JCPD began working with the Jefferson City Fire Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol to recover a vehicle submerged in the river.

JCPD officers canvassing the area on foot found a man in "medical distress" near the riverbank, according to the CCSO post.

CCSO investigators responded to the scene and identified the man as the individual missing from Boone County. He was taken to a Jefferson City hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.

The various law enforcement agencies involved worked together to investigate, eventually determining the Boone County man left his home voluntarily, traveled to the Fulton area where he discarded the personal property found by CCSO and then drove to the river access and into the water.

While searching for the submerged vehicle, divers found two other unrelated vehicles in the river.

Chism said one of the unrelated vehicles was stolen from Holts Summit in 2019. Holts Summit Police Chief Kyle McIntyre told Central Missouri Newspapers the vehicle was reported stolen after it stopped on an area highway and the owner left it. When the owner returned, it was gone.

HSPD does not yet know how the vehicle ended up in the river.

The second unrelated vehicle has been in the river "for a while" according to a Highway Patrol Troop F Twitter post. It is still in the river.

The missing person's vehicle was recovered Wednesday evening.

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