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SUV in canal

A silver SUV sits in the Canyon Creek ditch north of Gabel Road on Friday, August 10, 2018.

A person running along the Canyon Creek ditch north of Gabel Road Friday discovered a stolen SUV in the water, according to the Billings Police Department. 

The SUV was recently listed as stolen, and the runner came upon the vehicle at about 12:40 p.m. Friday, according to BPD Sgt. Scott Conrad. 

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SUV in canal

A silver SUV sits in the Canyon Creek ditch north of Gabel Road on Friday, August 10, 2018.

The Billings Fire Department didn't try a water rescue after they determined the vehicle was empty, Conrad said. 

The vehicle's windows — including the back hatch — were open, Conrad said. 

The SUV appeared to be almost completely submerged, with approximately a foot or less of the car's body above water. The car might be a 2006 Lincoln Navigator, according to police. 

The registered owner and a towing company have both been notified of the vehicle's discovery and it will be up to them to determine a plan for removal.

It's possible the SUV will remain in the West End ditch until water is drained from it in the fall, Conrad said. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.