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Police and firefighters pull car from Hyde Park Lake

NIAGARA FALLS – City police are still trying to determine how an unoccupied car ended up in Hyde Park Lake this morning and have taken the vehicle back to Police Headquarters for further investigation.

Fire and police crews pulled the red 2010 Toyota Camry out of the lake off of Duck Island several hours after a city parks employee working in the area noticed the hood of the car in the lake just before 10 a.m., said Police Superintendent E. Bryan DalPorto.

No one was found inside the car or in the lake, he said, after the North Tonawanda Dive Team was called in to search the lake.

“We are taking the car back to the Police Department Crime Scene Unit to process it as evidence at this point. We are treating it as a crime scene, but have no reason to expect foul play,” DalPorto said.

DalPorto said the car has not been reported stolen and police were still attempting to contact its owner, whom DalPorto declined to identify.